Litter poses safety concern
By KELLI DOWNEYkelli@gladstoneobserver.com.au
SHOULD a child be forced to pick up litter without correct safety tools?
This is the question Gladstone moth- er Debbie Schulz is posing to relevant local authorities.
Ms Schulz is calling on Education Queensland to make it mandatory for gloves and tongs to be used if children are required to pick up litter in school grounds.
Her request comes in the wake of her six-year-old daughter Savanna being re- quested to pick up litter in what she con-sidered to be an unhygienic manner. A student at Gladstone South State School, Savanna had been required to pick up rubbish with her bare hands.
Ms Schulz said she had no qualms about Savanna picking up rubbish.
But she objected to her picking it up unhygienically.
Ms Schulz said she has since raised the matter with school principal Dave Bosworth, Gladstone City Council, Queensland Health and the local Education Queensland office to seek a solution.
"I would hate for any child to contract an infection or disease from this,'' Ms Schulz said.
"Correct health and safety procedures should be followed.''
Gladstone South State School principal Dave Bosworth said the school was placing a heavy focus on the importance of a healthy environment.
Mr Bosworth said as a way of life students were being encouraged to keep the school clean and tidy which did mean placing all rubbish in the bin.
He said the school was in the process of providing tongs and gloves for students to remove any concerns over hygiene.