Covid Secure Training

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Covid-Secure Training

[Updated 28th February 2022]


Latest Updates

(28th February 2022)

Covid-19 hasn’t gone away.

“It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.”

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

We still need to take reasonable precautions to minimise the spread of the virus, just as we do with the common cold.

The latest government guidance can be found here >> Click here

Face coverings

We continue to follow industry best practice guidelines & government requirements. Where we regard one as being stronger than the other, the stronger requirement/best-practice will be the one that we follow and enforce. These will be discussed and reinforced at the start of your course.

Current UK Government recommendations are that:

“The legal requirement to wear a face covering no longer applies. However, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

Customers, visitors or staff may choose to wear face coverings in any setting.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

As such, we are strongly encouraging all candidates (irrespective of “bubble” status), to wear a face covering/face shield when working within 1m of another candidate/instructor on our courses. We also encourage you to wear a face covering/face shield whenever you choose to.

First Aid Courses & CPR

During your course, you will be taught the latest Resuscitation Council UK guidelines with regards to providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to a casualty who potentially has Covid-19.

Until there is a change in industry best-practice guidance, you are required to demonstrate the correct inflation of the lungs in a CPR manikin (rescue breaths) during CPR sections of first aid courses. As such, during practice and practical assessment, you will need to remove your face covering to provide these rescue breaths.

Failure to adequately demonstrate rescue breaths during your assessment would lead to an incomplete assessment and you would fail 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

  • On the 24th February 2022, businesses were told to “remove your NHS COVID-19 QR code poster and other check in systems” as people no longer need to “check in” using the NHS Covid-19 app.

Local Restrictions

Guidance: Click here for the very latest guidance.


On the day(s) of your course:

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.


Hand washing

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


Cleaning

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


Separation

  • When working within 1 metre of another candidate, you will be strongly encouraged to wear a face mask/face covering.
  • 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.

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, we recommend social distancing during these periods.

As normal, you are required to bring your own lunch & snacks.

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 is better to wash/sanitise your hands between interactions and not use 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. So, where gloves are worn, they should be changed frequently.

Here’s how to remove your gloves safely:

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.