Although we are all in a much safer environment than previous months regarding Covid 19, it remains something we must all live with. We are still taking a sensible approach with our training and strive to continue to deliver training in a safe and hygienic manner.
Before your training commences, you will need to do a risk assessment of the courses you have planned and take measures to ensure the safety of all involved.
Below we describe the safety measures we are taking which you should consider.
Training Safely - Learners and Trainers
- If you test positive we kindly ask that you do not attend the course
- Anyone who subsequently displays symptoms after attending will be asked to contact the course organiser so that others can be informed and can take a lateral flow test.
- Seating will be encouraged to be 1-2 metres apart throughout the day.
- Social distancing is encouraged as far as is reasonably practical except for periods of necessary teaching and assessment
- Where possible there will be one manikin per learner, where this is not possible and manikins are shared, each manikin will be kept to the same small group of learners throughout the course and individuals will be issued with a face/airway/face shield for their use during the course
- Rigorous cleaning and sanitisation of equipment will be maintained and cleaned regularly
- Handwashing/hand sanitisation will occur before and after each practical session and at other times during the day as required
COVID - 19 Symptoms
Before a Course
No student will be allowed to attend training if they have tested positive of Covid 19
Symptoms include a new and persistent cough fever, loss of taste or smell.
Please consider your colleagues, other students and the trainer. If you're unwell you SHOULD NOT not come along to the course.
Prior to Covid-19, 12 people were allowed as a maximum on a first aid course and for some other courses such as Fire Safety a maximum of 15.
Room sizes may mean limiting the numbers of students attending to ensure sensible distancing measures.
Training rooms must be set up to ensure to ensure sensible distancing measures and each training room size should be assessed before the course is booked.
It is encouraged that training rooms should have the facility to be well ventilated.
Training room requirements
For in-house courses, where we come to you to train your employees, there are a number of things we need from you to ensure the training environment is suitable.
- The room must be of suitable size for the number of students being trained
- Please do not ask a trainer to accept additional students on to the course. It makes for an awkward conversation and risks the health of both students or trainer
- The room must have been sanitised - chairs (and tables if required) disinfected
- Chairs set out with sensible distancing
- Clean hand-washing and toilet facilities provided and easily accessible
- If particular PPE is required in your environment, please ensure that there is a new, clean set available for the trainer to use
- All students will need to adhere to sensible distancing and hygiene requirements
Pulse First Aid Ltd always practice good infection control measures around our equipment and will now enhance these for increased safety.
- CPR manikins have lungs/airways and valves that are replaced each day
- The one way valves stop air coming out of the manikins mouth and direct expired air to the back of the manikins head
- Alcohol/sanitising wipes will be used between learners after handling equipment such as CPR manikins.
- Manikins will be disinfected after each session.
- In addition we will now use face shields for increased protection
- Each learner will be issued with a face shield and should use it the same way up each time
- Hand-washing/hand sanitisation will occur after before and after each practical session and available at other times during the day
- Gloves will be provided
- Spare lungs/faces will be available if necessary to change between learners
- Where possible there will be one manikin per learner, where this is not possible and manikins are shared, each manikin will be kept to the same small group of learners throughout the course
- Individual bandages will be available
- Some in-course adjustments to content may need to take place to minimise risk of transmission. If necessary, these will be in-line with latest HSE, Resuscitation Council and Awarding Organisation guidelines.
If you have any questions or would clarification on any of the above please do get in touch.