Covid Policy

Health And Safety Training Deliverable Across The UK

Learner Screening

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 is therefore important that we check whether you fall into these categories prior to commencement of a course.

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

At the time of booking your course, we will ask you to confirm whether you feel that you may be within one of these high-risk categories. If you are, we ask that you consider that the risks to you are highly likely to outweigh the reward.

On the day(s) of your course

Arrival

Please ensure that you arrive at the training centre at least 15 minutes before the start of the course. This is to give you time to complete the wellness screening before entering the training centre.

Wellness Screening

To ensure a Covid Secure training environment, you will be asked to complete a self-screening assessment before entering the training room.

If you believe any of the following to be true, you are not permitted to attend the course:

  • 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:
    • Dry cough or sneezing
    • Shortness of breath
    • High temperature
    • Flu like symptoms
    • Loss of taste or smell
  • You have been in contact with any person within the past 14 days who has, or is suspected to have, contracted Covid-19.

We reserve the right to refuse you access to the training. This screening also applies to our trainers & assessors.

Course sizes

Traditionally we would accept up to 12 candidates per course. As we are now ensuring a minimum space between candidates, this limits the number of candidates that we can accept in our training room.

Our new socially distancing training venue allows us to accept up to 7 candidates with significant work areas and social distance zones.

There will be tape markings on the floor to ensure your separation. You must adhere to the marked seating and walkway areas.

Cleaning

To maintain a Covid Secure environment, we will sanitise door handles/push plates & surfaces using a TestSafe ULV 7L Cold Fogging Disinfectant machine in each room and hallways after each session.

Separation

  • A minimum of 2m distance between individuals will always be observed.
  • We will not be using face to face seating. Your chair and desk will have an exclusion zone around them. This will be marked on the floor.
  • We will also ask you to wear a face covering. We will have some available should you not have one for a small charge.
  • We will be keeping any close proximity activities to a minimum.
  • 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 attention to sanitation measures immediately afterwards, including washing your hands.

Movement around the training centre

  • A minimum of 2m distance between individuals must always be observed
  • Automatic temperature check will be requested in the foyer
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers will be available throughout the classrooms and the centre

Signage

There will be several signs and posters to build awareness of:

  • good handwashing technique
  • the need to increase handwashing frequency
  • avoid touching your face and to
  • cough or sneeze into a tissue which is binned safely (or into your arm if a tissue is not available)

Toilet Areas

To maintain a Covid Secure environment, we will regularly sanitise door handles/push plates, & work surfaces. The male and female toilets will be out of use, only the disabled toilet is to be used as this can be locked to ensure social distancing is adhered to.

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.

The café will be open for lunch. Please use outside areas to eat your own lunch when possible.

Hot drinks will be available in the café, but bottled water will be provided to each delegate. Please bring  your own drinks if you wish.

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.

Instructors, assessors, and learners must wear gloves when handling paperwork.

It is 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.

Face masks / face coverings

Face coverings are becoming a common sight up and down the UK. So, if you have one, please bring it with you to the course.

A “face covering” is not the same as a “face mask”, such as the surgical masks or respirators used by health and care workers. Similarly, “face coverings” are not the same as the RPE (respiratory protective equipment) used to manage risks like dust and fumes in an industrial context.

A face covering can be very simple and may be worn in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible. It needs to cover your mouth and nose, ideally from the bridge of your nose to underneath your chin, and there should be minimal gaps between the cover and your skin.

If you choose to wear a face covering or mask, it is important to use them properly.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on, and after removing it.
  • When wearing a face covering, avoid touching your face or face covering, as you could contaminate them with germs from your hands.
  • Change your face covering if it becomes damp or if you have touched it.
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly.
  • Change and wash your face covering daily.
  • If the material is washable, wash in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. If it is not washable, dispose of it carefully with your usual waste.

Track & Trace

We request that all learners monitor their health before and after their course.

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) then you must inform us of this straight away.

Should we receive information that someone on your course has developed symptoms within 14 days, we will notify you, the trainer and any other individuals who may have been in close proximity to that person of the possible exposure risk.

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