5.5 NAG 5.5 Health and Hygiene

P & P No: 5.5

This policy is open to consultation at present. Please submit consultation to: consultation@welearn.school.nz

Nappy Changing

Purposes:

  • To ensure all students are treated with dignity and respect when nappy changing is required, with a focus on increasing independence in toileting over time.
  • To ensure that nappy changing is carried out in a safe, clean and hygienic manner.
  • To ensure that all staff are consistent in their practices so that a good standard of hygiene is assured.

Guidelines:

  • Nappy changing will only be carried out by teacher aides as teachers are expected to be focused on the teaching of students and teacher’s aides are paid a specific Dirty Work Allowance for these tasks.
  • Teacher aides who are involved in nappy changing are entitled to the Dirty Work Allowance for that event.
  • Teacher’s Aides will check the children regularly to see if nappies need to be changed.
  • Sit students on the toilet as part of the nappy changing routine, as well as at set times throughout the day.
  • Nappy changing can be done with the student standing.
  • If the student needs to lie down, nappy changing must be done on a surface that is waterproof, clean and able to be disinfected after use.
  • Use a fresh pair of gloves for each nappy change.
  • Students are washed and dried with the disposable wipes provided.

Disposal of Nappies

  • All dirty nappies are bagged.
  • Wet nappies can be placed in the bin in the bathroom, but soiled nappies should be placed in outside wheelie bins.

Sanitizing Surfaces

  • Wipe down the toilet seat and the changing table (if used) with the sanitizer provided after each child has had their nappy changed.
  • This is applied to the surfaces with a paper towel which is then discarded.

Hand-washing

  • Children and staff must wash and dry their hands thoroughly after nappy changing. The hand washing procedure is to include hands being scrubbed for least 30 seconds with soap (or disinfectant) under running water.
  • Disposable paper towels (as opposed to non-disposable material towels) should be used to dry hands.
  • Hands should be dried thoroughly.
  • When entering and exiting bathrooms and toilets bathroom door locks and handles should be opened with a clean paper towel or gloves to avoid spread of disease or contamination of outside areas.

Food, Drink, Feeding and Dishes Hygiene

Purposes:

  • To ensure that assistance with feeding is given in a safe and hygienic manner, as well as in a manner which promotes the development of independence over time.
  • To ensure that food and drink are handled in a safe and hygienic manner.
  • To ensure that dishes are done in a clean and hygienic manner.

Guidelines:

  • Soap and paper towels should be available in the kitchen so that staff are able to wash and dry their hands before handling food.
  • All staff must wash hands before handling food.
  • Gloves must be worn when handling food or feeding students.
  • Students should wash hands thoroughly before eating.

The Use of Gloves

Purposes:

  • To prevent staff developing a false sense of security in the hygienic properties of gloves.
  • To encourage staff awareness of soiled gloves, which may protect your hands but may contaminate other surfaces.

Guidelines:

  • Always use gloves when toileting students and when handling food.
  • Always use a new pair of gloves to toilet each student.
  • Dispose of used gloves directly into a plastic rubbish bag (do not put used gloves in an empty receptacle that is not lined with a disposable plastic bag).
  • The second glove should be peeled off from the wrist to avoid contamination of the ungloved hand.
  • The most common problem with the use of gloves is the false sense of security they can create.
  • You must wash your hands after removing gloves to avoid risk of disease spread or contamination.

Hand Washing:

Purposes:

  • To prevent the spread of gastrointestinal infections due to poor hand hygiene after toilet use.
  • To prevent the spread of viral infections such as colds and influenza by nasal secretions on hands and surfaces contaminated by hands.

Guidelines:

  • Children and staff wash and dry their hands thoroughly. The hand washing procedure is to include hands being scrubbed for least 30 seconds with soap (or disinfectant) under running water.
  • Disposable paper towels (as opposed to non-disposable material towels) should be used to dry hands.
  • Hands should be dried thoroughly.
  • When exiting bathrooms and toilets bathroom door locks and handles should be opened with a clean paper towel or gloves to avoid spread of disease or contamination of outside areas.

Type of Soap

  • Solid soaps are not to be used in anyway, except where individuals require this for their personal medical care (in this case these soaps must be kept away from general usage).
  • All soaps used must be liquid (excepting medical conditions, see above).
  • Soap must be used in a dispenser so that the soap is not touched by more than the one user.
  • Soap dispensers need to be regularly cleaned with disinfectant or appropriate germ killing cleaning solutions.

Vaccinations for Staff Members

  • Staff members who receive flue vaccinations will be reimbursed provided they supply a record of vaccination from their medical practitioner to the Executive Officer within 90 days of the vaccination occurring.
  • Other vaccinations may also be reimbursed if a member of the Executive Team deems it appropriate.
  • Vaccination reimbursements (other than flue vaccine) must be pre-approved by a member of the Executive Team before vaccination in order to allow the school to adequately consider the cost of the treatment and its impact on the school’s budgeting constraints.
  • The Executive Team members will give priority consideration to staff members who are working in situations where there is increased risk of infection (e.g. working with students who previously bitten staff members).
  • Staff members who believe they or their fellow team members are in need of specific vaccinations should contact a member of the Executive Team directly to request pre-approval for vaccination reimbursement.
  • The school does not fund vaccinations for international travel unless the trip is specifically school related and authorised by a member of the Executive Team.

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