Plasters on children at school

We often hear of cases where teachers and other school staff are told that they cannot put plasters on children at their school – this is wrong.

In fact school staff have always been able to put plasters on the children.  It is just a rumour that is not allowed, and somehow this rumour – like playground whispers – spread wildfire through schools.

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has published an information sheet on plasters and children. It is part of their Great Health and Safety Myths series.

Plasters are sometimes put on children at school to ensure that the wound stays clean and blood does not leak out into the classroom, playground or onto to other children and staff.

Putting a plaster on a small cut or graze often makes a young child feel much better, and even an older child or an adult can feel better once they have had some care and attention.

If the child is allergic to plasters then hypo-allergenic ones are available at very similar prices.

Plasters must be in all schools’ first aid boxes. They must be individually wrapped so that they are kept sterile until used.

The plasters must be kept in the first aid box or bag and this should contain more than twenty assorted sizes of plasters. Check your first aid supplies regularly to ensure you have sufficient quantities for the number of school children and for the staff.  Remember keeping plasters in your first aid kit is recommended by the HSE and as the HSE (not OFSTED) is responsible for health and safety in the workplace you should follow their guidance.

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