SAFE SYSTEMS OF WORK FOR TRAINING COURSES

Based on information from:

HSE

First Aid Quality Partnership

Resuscitation Council (UK)

Qualsafe Awards

World Health Organisation

British Government

A risk assessment has been conducted for training courses and the following represents safe systems of work to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 on High Peak First Aid Training courses amongst staff, learners, visitors and to the wider population.

Course Application

  • Postcodes are taken for home and work at time of application.
  • If an area status changes before the course, then learners are transferred to our learning management system to demonstrate they have started training. The learner will be able to attend another course when restrictions are lifted with no financial penalty
  • Course joining instructions include three videos to watch (How COVID 19 is spread, how to wear a mask correctly and how to wash hands for 1 minute) are sent out along with details on how High Peak First Aid manages COVID 19 during the course. Learners are asked not to attend if they have had any symptoms, (new continuous cough and/or a temperature >37.8°C and/or a loss of taste/smell) 14 days prior to the course or have been in contact with others displaying COVID 19 symptoms or testing positive.

On arrival

  • Learners park facing the training centre, the stand alone building in the back car park and stay in their vehicles.
  • At 0845hrs the Tutor will ask the learners to proceed to the training centre and stand in the carpark socially distanced whilst the Tutor reads out the restricted areas for England (Wales and Scotland, if necessary). Learners who have been in those areas will re-attend another day when restrictions are lifted. In the event of rain, a loud-speaker system will be used. In addition, the learner will be asked if they have shown any signs of COVID-19 in the last 14 days or have been near anyone displaying symptoms.
  • All other buildings are out of bounds within the grounds of the training facility.
  • Learners are not to put belongings in each other vehicles.
  • Learners in the same family or bubble are still to maintain social distancing.
  • Those not able to wear masks for medical reasons will not be able to attend a course. Due to the building size, we can keep 6 people with masks safe but would not have enough space to keep the required distance for those without a mask.
  • We supply face masks as we can guarantee their cleanliness.
  • Learners will enter the centre one at a time with the minimum of belongings to wash hands for 1 minute, dry with disposable paper towel, alcohol 70% and don a mask correctly under supervision of the Tutor.

During Training

General

  • The learners will be supervised all time as far as is practicable.
  • High Peak First Aid reserves the right to remind learners of correct procedures if there are any minor breaches such as repeated touching of face. Any major breach such as coughing without a mask will result in all training being stopped, cleaning will take place and advice from a competent authority if needed.
  • Any breaches of COVID 19 safety procedures will be logged along with the new measures to mitigate against further occurrences.
  • High Peak First Aid reserves the right to remove anyone from the training in the event of disregard for COVID 19 safety procedures. The rationale for this will lie with the Tutor and be fully documented.
  • Antiviral cleaning products are used along with Clinell 100 wipes and 70% alcohol gel.
  • Both classrooms are ventilated by windows and air circulated by Dyson Hot and Cold fans that can project 200l/sec on full flow, filter allergens and keep the rooms at a working temperature.
  • Robots hoover and sanitise floor areas throughout the day.
  • Building touchpoints are sanitised every four hours.
  • Gloves are worn when sharing equipment (this is unavoidable on some pre-hospital care courses such as FREC 3 and 4, hands are sanitised or washed after.
  • All mannequins are cleaned in line with current recommendations plus an additional non-reusable face shield over the top.
  • No coats and bags permitted to minimise cross infection. We can adjust heating in less than a minute to be warmer or cooler and can maintain a constant temperature if needed.

End of course cleaning

  • The following are sanitised using 70% Alcohol Gel, Clinell 100 wipes, Antiviral spray as appropriate: shared equipment, flat surfaces, chairs, desks, touch points (bannisters, handles, door frames) floors.
  • Floors are hospital grade, anti-slip flooring.
  • One door mat changed twice a month by professional cleaning company.
  • Bandages and tourniquets are washed in sterilising fluid and rotated with a 72hr rest between each group using “bins” to store equipment when not in use.
  • Waste is removed during the day and at the end of the day.
  • Bin with a closed lid is cleaned with 70% alcohol gel inside and out at the end of every day.
  • Zapptizer anti-viral mist system used for hard to clean areas if necessary.

First Aid Provision

If needed, given by Tutor (a healthcare professional) wearing a face mask and gloves.  In the event of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on a learner current COVID-19 Guidelines will be followed in addition to using an FFP3 Mask, gloves, apron, and eye covering.  Other learners will be removed from the vicinity and will not assist.  An AED is present on the premises

Post Course

  • Learners are told that anyone presenting with COVID-19 symptoms or testing positive up to 14 days after leaving HPFA must contact the Tutor so that others present can be contacted if necessary and in compliance with the relevant authorities.

Visitors

  • Delivery drivers leave goods outside under supervision of the Tutor.
  • Classroom Door Mat changed twice a month under supervision of the Tutor.
  • Site management only enter for repairs if need under supervision of Tutor.
  • No unauthorised visitors on premises.

Review

  • Continuous throughout the day. Written changes at the end of each course and each version kept.

Written by Nicola Pickering, Company Director and Tutor, MSc Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management