Now that the Government Coronavirus risk level is at level 3 training is allowed to resume. However, Government restrictions are still in force, and there's advice and guidance that must be followed. Undoubtedly, that guidance will change as time goes on.
The HSE extended first aid certificate expiry dates for those whose certificates were due to expire on or after 16th March by three months and have since further extended that deadline to 30th September.
They feel that everyone who needs to re qualify should have done so by 30th September 2020, we do not expect this to be further extended at this point.
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
- Anyone displaying symptoms of Covid-19 will be asked not to attend the course
- Anyone who subsequently displays symptoms after attending will be asked to contact the course organiser so that others can be informed to self-isolate
- Seating will be 2 metres apart throughout the day. It is likely that learner numbers will be reduced to accommodate this
- Seating distance may move to 1metre+, but for now the 2 metre distancing remains
- Social distancing will be maintained as far as is reasonably practical except for periods of necessary teaching and assessment
- Where it is necessary for learners to come into closer contact than 2m for purposes of teaching and assessing, then face coverings and gloves should be worn.
- 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 or a member of their household has symptoms of Coronovirus, or has had symptoms in the last 14 days.
Symptoms include a new and persistent cough fever, loss of taste or smell.
If a person develops symptoms whilst on a course they will be immediately be sent home to self-isolate and asked to book a test via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if they have no internet access.
Please consider your colleagues, other students and the trainer. If you're unwell, please don't come along to the course.
After a Course - Track & Trace
All students and their managers must inform us if they develop symptoms within 14 days of attending the course.
If the trainer that delivers your course develops symptoms within 14 days of running a course, we will inform all course organisers/students that that a member of their staff has had contact with someone who has developed symptoms.
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.
Group numbers may now need to be reduced to comply. Room sizes will mean limiting the numbers of students to ensure that all can respect the 2 metre social distancing measures.
Training rooms must be set up to ensure strict 2 metres social distancing measures and each training room size will be assessed before the course is booked.
The rooms must allow for entry and exit without compromising social distancing. Rooms also need to be well ventilated. Fans are not advisable.
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 suitable social 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 social distancing and cleaning 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.