senate Bill S4876
(R, C, IP) 22nd Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Requires newly certified teachers to be trained in the use of an epinephrine auto-injector within 3 months of date of hire.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring newly certified teachers to receive instruction in the use of
an epinephrine auto-injector
To require all teachers to be trained in the administration of epineph-
rine auto-injector devices.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: The education law is amended by adding a new section 3001-e.
Section 2: The effective date is established.
Food allergies occur in approximately 8% of children, and according to
the National Institutes of Health, there are 150 deaths per year due to
food allergies. Epinephrine is vital to the survival of a person experi-
encing anaphylaxis (a sudden, potentially fatal reaction to food or
insect stings), however, it must be administered in a timely manner to
While every school district has a medical officer, there is no require-
ment that a nurse be present in a school building at all times. Given
the possibility of a delay in getting a licensed healthcare provider to
a child in anaphylaxis shock, it is important that teachers understand
how to use an epi-pen,
It is important to note that any school staff member may administer
epinephrine with an auto injector device in an emergency situation.
Such a response is permitted under the Medical Practice Act (Education
Law § 6527 4 a and the Nurse Practice Act (Education Law g6906 1 a iv)
and is covered by the "Good Samaritan Law" (Public Health Law § 3000a.),
and therefore carries no liability for the school or employee.
A.8977 of 2011-2012
This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to classroom
teachers that have been certified after such effective date.
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