Welcome to our weekly quality improvement support series for 2020.
“It’s our polite nudge in the ribs to help you and your team stay organised and on task.”
This week’s subject is: Evidence of risk assessments
Element 2.2.2: Incident and emergency management – Plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies are developed in consultation with relevant authorities, practised and implemented
Do you have evidence of conducting emergency situation risk assessments to protect hazards relevant to your Service. Assessments should cover the immediate physical environment (indoor and outdoor) and also identify hazards that are unique to your geographical location.
The Education and Care Services National Regulations do not specify which emergency and evacuations procedures each service requires, rather Regulation 97 (2) requires each service to conduct a risk assessment to identify potential emergencies that are relevant to your Service to prepare or review policies and procedures.
These may include, but not limited to:
- severe storm (cyclone, dust storm, hail, blizzard or ice)
- accident or injury to child or staff member
- road accident
- gas leak
- bomb threat
- act of terrorism/ hostage situation
- chemical or hazardous leaks and spills
- loss of power or water
- violent or potentially violent individual
- snake or other potentially dangerous animal
- outbreak of potentially dangerous disease or illness
Since an emergency can rarely be foreseen, it is imperative that the Service has well-rehearsed procedures and policies to cater for any likely incident.
Within System7 go to QA2 / Module 25 to submit your self-assessment notes and if required, open a QIP issue.
The Childcare Centre Desktop has all related resources including policies for: Bush Fire Policy, Cyclone Management Policy, Flood Management Policy and Earthquake Policy
Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links
Childcare Centre Desktop – Childcare Policies / Quality Area 2
National Quality Standard – QA2 / Element: 2.2.2
System7 Module – QA2 / 25
National Regulation – Division 5 Emergencies and communication
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