Guideline review date: 28 October 2021
This guideline is provided to support schools in implementing the
managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure.
CARA planner must be used for the specific school context in conjunction with this guideline considering additional risks, hazards and controls and including environmental, facility, equipment and student considerations.
For activities beyond the scope of this guideline, complete a CARA record using the
CARA generic template.
This guideline relates to student participation in activities involving observing and handling animals and/or animal remains (e.g. bones, skins) to support curriculum delivery within, and external to, a laboratory or classroom. Such activities include, but not limited to, care of classroom pets, livestock husbandry activities, collecting of frog spawn and observation of animals in their natural surroundings or of exhibited animals.
Depending on the scope of this activity, other risk assessments may be required when planning. Curriculum activities encompassing more than one CARA guideline (e.g.
Agricultural activities (stockyards)) must comply with the requirements of all CARA guidelines appropriate to the activity.
For curriculum activities involving marine animals (e.g. fishing), consult the
marine organism activities guideline.
For activities conducted at a non-Department of Education venue, and/or when engaging external expertise, request written risk assessment advice and attach it to this CARA record.
For activities conducted off-site, schools must comply with the school excursions procedure.
Activities at low risk locations (e.g. classroom, behind barriers at zoos) and/or with low risk equipment (e.g. grooming equipment, low hazard consumer chemicals) and/or with animals that pose insignificant risk to most people (e.g. small domesticated animals such as fish in a tank, exhibited animals under supervision).
Activities at medium risk locations (e.g. school oval, chicken coop) and/or with medium risk equipment (e.g. electrical equipment) and/or animals that may cause a minor injury or illness (e.g. larger domesticated animals such as dogs, sheep).
Activities at high risk locations (e.g. a national park, stockyard) and/or with high risk equipment (e.g. livestock husbandry equipment) and/or animals that may cause a serious injury (e.g. horses, bees, venomous animals).
If any requirement cannot be met, the activity must not occur.
If any other safety recommendation cannot be met, modify the activity (or elements of it) and/or identify and use the
hierarchy of controls to implement alternative control measures to meet or exceed the minimum safety standard.
Schools must comply with animal welfare legislation. Consult the department's
animals in education webpage. Comply with
animals in Queensland state schools procedure when handling live animals.
Include any additional information used to support student safety in the activity (e.g. resources from Standard operating procedures from
Queensland Schools Animal Ethics Committee's forms and publications, published activities or online risk assessment tools) on the CARA record.
Schools must prevent and manage infection control in accordance with the
Infection control procedure. Utilise the
Infection control guideline for practical implementation advice.
Obtain any approvals,
permits or safety advice from the local authority (e.g. property owners), if relevant.