Epinephrine Auto-injector Administration
This act allows school entities to train school employees in the recognition of anaphylaxis and administration of epinephrine auto-injectors to students.
Administration of Epinephrine Auto-injectors by School Bus Drivers and School Crossing Guards, was signed by Governor Tom Wolf on May 16, 2017. The law allows school bus drivers and school crossing guards to administer epinephrine auto-injectors to students if their employers choose to permit them to do so.
Q: Are school bus drivers and school crossing guards required to take this training?
A: No. The training is required only if the school bus drivers and school crossing guards choose, and are permitted by their employer (school, contractor, or municipality), to be trained to administer epinephrine by auto-injector to students. The law also requires that, if an employer chooses to permit a school bus driver and/or school crossing guard to administer epinephrine, then the employer must develop policies to address the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors to students by school bus drivers and school crossing guards.
Q: Can school bus drivers and school crossing guards administer epinephrine auto-injectors to staff, adults and visitors?
A: The law only addresses administration of epinephrine to students.
Q: How often must this course be taken?
A: While the law requires training, it does not address how often the training should be repeated or how competency should be evaluated. The Department of Health recommends that individuals re-take the course every two years and that local policies establish some means of determining competence following training.
Individuals responsible for the storage and administration of Epinephrine must successfully complete a training approved by the Department of Health.
The program offers qualifying schools free EpiPens.
There are currently four epinephrine auto-injectors on the market. Training devices can be ordered from the website or by calling the manufacturer. It is recommended that schools obtain training devices
for each type auto-injector for their trained school staff. The training videos available on these websites are not Department of Health approved trainings.
Updated: May 2018