Covid Secure Training

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Covid-Secure Training

[Updated 30th November 2021]


Latest Updates

(30th November 2021)

Face coverings in education settings

This guidance applies to England: Click here

  • “From 29 November, face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all education settings by staff, visitors and pupils, or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt.”

As a result of this change in Government policy/Law, for all courses, from 30th November 2021 You are required to wear a face covering (mask or visor) at all times within our training centre. Our classroom is also a communal area.

We will continue to follow Government requirements & industry best practice guidelines. These will be reinforced at the start of your course.

First Aid Courses

Until there is a change in industry best practice guidance, where you are required to demonstrate rescue breaths during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sections of first aid courses, (i.e. during practice and practical assessment), you will need to remove your face covering.

Failure to adequately demonstrate rescue breaths during your assessment would lead to an incomplete assessment and you failing the course. (All first aid courses require a 100% pass on practical skills. There are no exceptions to this rule).


Background

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an allowance for:

  • “emergency training”, which is training specifically for those who, because of their roles, required training.
    • (e.g. healthcare workers, key workers, and new recruits to both these workforces).
  • “education & training, meaning education related to a formal curriculum or training that relates to work or obtaining work”.

Naturally, we need to ensure a safe & “Covid Secure” training environment for all our candidates. It is vital that we all continue to do our best to eliminate or mitigate the risks of transmitting this virus.

The UK Government is clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace & we fully support this. This page details the processes & procedures that we have brought into place for our courses.

Best Practice

To provide you with a Covid Secure training environment, we have undertaken a COVID-19 risk assessment for each of the subjects that we teach, just as we have for other health and safety related hazards.

In June 2020, the First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum issued a statement (below). We believe this details best practice & alongside government requirements, we have implemented this across all our face to face courses.

First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum statement regarding training during the Covid pandemic.

Government Requirements

The UK and devolved Governments have issued specific advice and requirements with regards to Covid-19. The current requirements/guidance for England can be found here; https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Covid-19 Secure Guidelines

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance: Click here

Officially withdrawn – Staying Covid Secure in 2020 poster

NHS Covid-19 app & Track & Trace

Local Restrictions

Guidance: Click here for the very latest guidance.


Before booking your course:

If you fall into the following categories, you should be aware that the government advice is to isolate yourself or restrict your contact with (or proximity to) other people. It’s therefore important that we check whether you fall into these categories prior to commencement of a course.

  • Clinically extremely vulnerable:
    • Clinically extremely vulnerable people will have received a letter telling them they are in this group or will have been told by their GP.
  • Clinically vulnerable people:
    • Clinically vulnerable people include those aged 70 or over and those with some underlying health conditions.

While it’s not lawful to refuse you access, we believe that it’s a perfectly responsible action to strongly advise you of the enhanced risks to your safety.


On the day(s) of your course:

Wellness screening

On the day of your course, you will:

  1. Have your temperature taken before the start of the course. Typically this is done outside, before you enter the building. Forehead temperature readings of over 37.8oC indicate that you are running a temperature.
  2. If you are found to have a temperature above 37.8oC we will discuss it with you away from other candidates before allowing you entry into the building. Certain medications, medical conditions as well as prior physical exertion can lead to elevated temperatures. Unless a reasonable reason for your elevated temperature can be identified, your access to the course will be declined. We will contact you (or whoever booked your place on the course) in the following days to discuss how and when we can reschedule your training.
  3. You will need to complete our Learner Wellness Declaration form. If you believe any of the following to be true, you are not permitted to attend the course:
    1. You or anyone in your household has displayed any of the signs or symptoms commonly associated with Covid-19 infection within the past 14 days, these include:
      1. Dry cough or sneezing
      2. Shortness of breath
      3. High temperature
      4. Flu like symptoms
      5. Loss of taste or smell
    1. You have been in contact with any person within the past 14 days who has, or is suspected to have, contracted Covid-19.

These rules also apply to our trainers & assessors, so there is the potential that your course might be cancelled at short notice if the trainer/assessor fails the wellness screening.


How many on the course?

Typically there will be 1 instructor on your course (2 max). Occasionally there will also be visits by 1 internal &/or external quality assessors (IQA & EQA).

There will be a maximum of 14 people within the room (12+1+1) at any time.

You are responsible for your own 2m separation from the next person.


Hand washing

You are encouraged to use hand sanitizer/soap & water after each transition to and from the classroom.


Cleaning

To maintain a Covid Secure training environment, we will regularly sanitise door handles/push plates, & work surfaces using 70% isopropyl alcohol spray. This kills the virus almost instantly.


2m Separation

  • A minimum of 2m distance between individuals must be observed at all times.
  • We will not be using face to face seating. Your chair & desk will have an exclusion zone around them. This will be marked on the floor.
  • If face to face activities are unavoidable, you should work with fixed partners or teams to avoid close or direct contact with multiple learners.
  • We will be keeping close proximity activity time as short as possible.
  • We will ensure good ventilation by use of open windows & doors as much as possible.
  • When involved in physical contact with others, you should pay particular attention to sanitation measures immediately afterwards, including washing your hands.

Movement around the training venue

  • A minimum of 2m distance between individuals must be observed at all times.
  • Contact with door handles, push plates, etc., will increase the spread of the virus.
  • We will provide individual hand towels for each learner or single-use, disposable gloves to be put on before any movement.
  • We will restrict access between different areas of a building or site as much as possible.

Signage

Our NHS Test and Trace QR code poster will be available on the day of the course for you to use. We strongly encourage you do us this & the NHS Test and Trace app.


Toilet areas

To maintain a Covid Secure training environment, We will regularly sanitise door handles/push plates, & work surfaces using 70% isopropyl alcohol spray. This kills the virus almost instantly. The toilets will be supplied with hand soap, single use paper towels, waste bins and hand sanitiser.


Consumption of food & drink

As Covid-19 enters the body via the mouth, eyes or nose, the period of consuming food or drink increases the risk of infection. Therefore, social distancing should be increased during these periods.

As normal, you are required to bring your own lunch & snacks. Please use outside areas to eat your lunch when possible.

Hot drinks will be available as normal. The process for making drinks will be discussed before the start of the course. Please feel free to bring your own drinks, mugs, etc if you wish.


Gloves

It’s important to remember that wearing a single pair of gloves for multiple tasks, or during interactions with multiple surfaces, raises the risk levels of spreading the virus.

Where gloves are worn, they should be changed frequently. If this is not possible, it is better to wash/sanitise your hands between interactions and not use gloves.

Disposable gloves will be made available for courses that require you to touch things (manual handling, first aid, etc). Gloves should be disposed of carefully in the bins provided.

Here’s how to remove your gloves safely:

Track & Trace

We request that all learners monitor their health before and after their course. Our venue is open & running in a Covid-Secure way, and we have the NHS Test & Trace venue QR code signs located around the venue.

If you believe that you may have contracted Covid within a period of 14 days from the course conclusion (i.e. the last day of face to face training), you must inform us of this straight away, whether or not you have used the NHS Test & Trace app. This is so that we can share the information with the other candidates.

The virus is spread by people – it’s down to us to stop it spreading.

Questions

If you have any questions about any of the points above, or you want to discuss something else about the way your course will be run, please contact us to discuss it.