Emergency and first-aid
Emergency plans and injury management procedures must be established for foreseeable incidents (e.g. evacuation procedure, provision of
Adult supervisors must have:
- emergency contact details of all participants
- a medical alert list and a process for administering student medication
- communication equipment suitable to conditions (e.g. mobile phone) and a process for obtaining external assistance and/or receiving emergency advice.
Safety procedures must be determined for the location (e.g. out-of-bounds areas, location of first aid support and equipment).
Access is required to
first aid equipment and consumables suitable for foreseeable incidents.
An adult with current emergency qualifications is required to be quickly accessible to the activity area. Emergency qualifications include:
Induction and instruction
Induction is required for all adult supervisors on emergency procedures, safety procedures and correct techniques. If the activity is conducted at an off-site facility, induction is to be informed by advice provided in consultation with expertise at the venue.
Instruction is required for students on safety procedures and correct techniques e.g. player movement to avoid collision, swinging/hitting techniques.
Principals make final supervision decisions for the activity. Sufficient adult supervision must be provided to manage the activity safely (including emergency situations).
For activities with students with a medical condition or disability that may impact on safety during the activity, consultation with parents is required prior to allocating supervision to determine the impact of students’ medical condition or disability on safety during the activity.
The number of adult supervisors required to fulfil emergency and supervision roles must consider the nature of the activity, students' ages, abilities and specialised learning, access and/or health needs.
Before the activity, all adult supervisors must be familiar with the contents of the CARA record
During the activity, all adult supervisors:
- must be readily identifiable
- must closely monitor students with health support needs
- must comply with control measures from the CARA record and adapt as hazards arise
- must suspend the activity if the conditions become unfavourable (e.g. extreme temperatures).
Do not allow inexperienced players to play doubles. Closely supervise experienced players when playing doubles.
Supervisor qualifications recommendations
Principals are responsible for encouraging and enabling school-based activity supervisors to raise their qualifications to improve safety standards.
All adult supervisors must comply with the
working with children authority—Blue Cards procedure and be able to identify, and respond to, risks or hazards that may emerge during the activity.
A registered teacher must be appointed to maintain overall responsibility for the activity.
medium risk activities:
At least one adult supervisor
is required to be:
- a registered teacher with competence (knowledge and skills) in teaching squash; or
- an adult supervisor working under the direct supervision of a registered teacher, with
Foundation Coach accreditation with Squash Australia.
Facilities and equipment recommendations
The qualified adult supervisor of the activity, in consultation with the principal, determines the requirements for facilities and equipment appropriate to the local context.
Location must be suitable for the activity being undertaken, including sufficient space, adequate lighting and ventilation to ensure safe participation and that safety rules and procedures can be followed.
Participants must wear
personal protective equipment appropriate to the activity (e.g. eye protection, enclosed footwear suited to playing conditions).
Equipment (e.g. squash balls) must be sized to match the ability and strength of students.
All equipment must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Racquets must have sufficient non-slip taping/grips in good condition.
Hazards and controls
Further to those listed, include any additional hazards and control measures considering the local context of the activity.
Body fluids (e.g. blood, saliva, sweat)
Manage bodily substances (e.g. blood) and open wounds before, during and after the activity. Consult
infection control guidelines and Queensland Health's
exclusion periods for infectious conditions poster (PDF, 1.5MB) for hygienic practices and first aid.
Follow appropriate cleaning and hygiene management practices when using shared equipment (Departmental staff search "cleaning advice for shared equipment" in OnePortal).
Weather, sun, humidity
managing excessive heat in schools guidelines when participating in very hot or extreme heat conditions.
Ensure drink breaks occur regularly. Make water available for individual participants between drink breaks.
Dry equipment (including racquet grips and balls) if conditions cause dampness.
|Facilities and equipment hazards
Conduct a field check to identify and manage surface hazards. Clear (e.g. sweep and mop) the playing surface from loose items, sweat or debris. Do not participate on a slippery surface.
Cover/fill playing surface hazards (e.g. sprinkler heads, holes) to be level with the surrounds.
Do not allow hazards (e.g. spectators, chairs, bags) on the court while play is in progress.
Do not allow balls or water bottles to remain on the court during play.
Implement safety protocols to manage stray balls (e.g. calling a ‘let’ to break play).
Do not flick balls off the floor using a racquet.
Avoid collision and accidental contact with racquet during practice. Adjust the player numbers or players’ relative positions with their racquets.
Position left and right-handed participants safely during instruction (e.g. left-handed participants on the right of the group for backhand skills practice).
Continually monitor participants for signs of fatigue and exhaustion.
Do not allow spectacles made of glass to be worn, unless adequate measures to prevent breakage are taken.
Remove accessories (e.g. jewellery, lanyards) before participating.
Ensure fingernails, hair and clothing (e.g. pockets) do not interfere with the activity.
Wear light-coloured clothing to aid ball visibility.