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Appendix 1 – First aid officers at the ANBG

Appendix 2 – Staff qualified to spray nests.

Appendix 3 - Job Safety Analysis (ParkSAFE)

1.0 Jack Jumper Ants.

Jack Jumper Ants (Myrmecia ) have been a problem at the ANBG for a number of years. Some staff have developed severe allergic reactions to jumping ant stings, in the form of anaphylactic shock. The following recommendations are a direct result of the reactions some staff have to Jack Jumper Ant stings.


2.0 ANBG strategy

The ANBG is compelled to take all reasonable steps to protect staff and visitors alike from potential Jack Jumper ant stings. The following points in this document make up the entire strategy for managing Jack Jumper ant issues at the ANBG.

3.0 Staff Induction

First Aid

Supervisor to ensure new starters know whom to contact for First Aid. First aid officer list is at Appendix 1.

Contact list of staff who can help with identification. Staff contact list for identification and spraying of ants is located at Appendix 2.

Supervisor to arrange for new starter to receive this information.

Supervisor to explain to new staff possible ways to avoid being stung. These are:

Most likely areas ants will be encountered.

Personal Protective Equipment.

4.0 First Aid

Minor stings.

Most stings are a painful experience. In the event of a sting:

Apply one of the following to the area to help sooth pain - stingose or a cold pack

Seek medical advice if you feel unwell and particularly if you have difficulty breathing

Complete an incident report

Notify your supervisor should your reaction to stings make you feel unwell, or you have difficulty breathing. The next sting you receive could very well be life threatening.

Severe allergic reactions.

Some staff may have severe allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock) to Jack Jumper Ant stings. People with a known anaphylactic shock response will have received an EpiPen from their doctor to be self administered should an allergic reaction commence.

EpiPen are not to be administered to any other staff, except in certain circumstances.

Staff who have completed a St John EpiPen training course may administer EpiPen.

First aid officers with a current First aid certificate and no EpiPen certificate are only able to assist administer an EpiPen.

Untrained staff should not administer EpiPen

Instructions are written on the EpiPen


Organisation of training courses is the responsibility of the Curator, Living Collections.

First Aid Officers. Must attend either a one day or full three day course each year. (This course currently only enables the First aid officer to assist administer EpiPen)

EpiPen training courses are conducted by St John Ambulance.

Persons may be trained and certified to administer EpiPen without holding a current First aid certificate.

5.0 Action Plan

It is not an option for the ANBG to be totally free of Jack Jumper Ants. We will, however, make it as safe as reasonably practicable. This will involve all outdoor staff, including Nursery and Rangers.


High Risk Areas

Medium Risk Areas


All Jack Jumper Ant nests within maintained beds and High Risk Areas will be marked

Nests are to be marked to alert staff members (eg. Plant Records, Nursery, Depots) of nests, and lessen the likelihood of being stung.

Markers are to stay in place whilst nests are active.


All nests within the areas listed above are to be treated with Solfac

Treated nests must be checked each week by the responsible staff member

When no ant activity has been observed for one month the marker can be removed

6.0 Hazard Assessment

The responsible supervisor must decide if nests outside of designated control areas are to be sprayed. Factors which may effect the decision include:

Supervisor should seek the opinion of fellow staff members if required.

7.0 Marking

Nests are to be marked with a white Tyvex tag, held in place by a tent peg.

Staff members responsible for ant control (see staff list at appendix 2) will number each tag.

If nests are to be sprayed, the date of spraying will be added to the tag with permanent marking pens.

The officer carrying out the control will check the sprayed nest on a weekly basis.

The date of subsequent checks will also be added to the tag.

The tag is to remain at the nest whilst the nest is active.

Used tags are to be disposed of; tent pegs are to be re used.

The marker can be removed one month after the last sited activity at the nest.

8.0 Treatment - spraying

Solfac 50 EW (trade name) is a registered chemical for the control of ants, flies, mosquitoes and other insects, and is the chemical recommended for ant control at the ANBG. Spraying of Solfac directly into the ant nest appears to be very effective in controlling Jack Jumper Ants.

Staff who have successfully completed a recognised pesticide application course are able to carry out spraying for Jack Jumper ant control (see appendix 2).

Use of Diazinon is no longer considered appropriate.

Sufficient Solfac solution needs to be applied to soak the main ant entrance. If an insufficient amount is used, desired results will not be achieved.

Please note:

Read the label and Material Safety Data Sheet before application.

Ensure the correct Personnel Protective Equipment is used at all times.

If staff wish to read the MSDS on any chemical in use at the ANBG, they are held by Top and Bottom Depots, Horticulture Managers, Trades, Nursery and Library.

9.0 Protective equipment

Hands and fingers are the most likely body parts to be stung by Jack Jumper Ants. The following clothing is recommended to minimise the risk of being stung, especially if working in an area with a population of Jack Jumper Ants:

10.0 Supervisor’s role

It is the Supervisors role to ensure:

11.0 Record keeping

Staff members responsible for ant control (see appendix 2) will keep accurate records of spraying and checking. It is important that staff check the last number issued to a tag before issuing the next number.

Each depot has a different spray records spreadsheet located on the shared drive in each depot folder::

Workplace Incident Report forms must be completed when staff are stung by Jack Jumper ants and forwarded to supervisor.

12.0 Annual review

These strategies are to be reviewed on a yearly basis each September by the Jack Jumper Ant group.

13.0 Further Information

Taylor, W.R. 2002. Jack Jumper Ants in the Australian National Botanic Gardens (copy located at ANBG Library)

- ASCIA (Clinical Immunology & Allergy) paper on Jack Jumper Ant Allergy (2005) [PDF]

- Allergy Capital

- CSIRO information on jumper ants

- ant allergy support group

- ASCIA survey


Appendix 1. ANBG First Aid Officers (September 2006)




1. Greg Sattler (Ranger)



2. Donna Douglass (Ranger)



3. Bronwyn Crago

Visitor Centre


4. Kathryn Godman

Visitor Centre


5. Greg Flowers

Nursery & Relief Ranger


6. Craig Cosgrove

Bottom Depot


7. Phillip Hurle

Bottom Depot


9. Helen Thompson

Ellis Rowan Building


10. Joe McAuliffe



11. Barbara Corsini



12. Sue Lawatsch

Top Depot


13. Dan Marges

Bottom Depot


14. David Mallinson


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If required, add column or asterix to table to indicate those trained to administer EpiPen.


Appendix 2 - Staff qualified to apply Solfac to ants’ nests.



Keith Edwards

Top Depot

Sue Lawatsch

Top Depot

Greg Small

Top Depot

John Treloar

Top Depot

Terry Conway

Top Depot

Gino Corsini

Top Depot

Craig Cosgrove

Depot Supervisor

Paul Janssens

Curator – Admin

Adrian Gallman

Bottom Depot

Toby Golson

Bottom Depot

Phil Hurle

Bottom Depot

Dan Marges

Bottom Depot

Nick Sammons

Bottom Depot

David Taylor

Bottom Depot

Kaiya Chatto

Bottom Depot

Appendix 3

 ParkSAFE - Job Safety Analysis for Jack Jumper Ants (Word Doc)

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