Face to face first aid training protocols – Coronavirus
This update outlines our policy and interventions to reduce the risk of communicating COVID-19 while delivering Face-to-Face training.
Rational: We have enacted the following from advice given from the First Aid Quality Partnership and which the Health & Safety Regulator (the HSE) is a primary member along with Employers Bodies, the Unions and Education Regulators. This advice contains scientific based evidence that we have adopted. You can read the full text here.
What is the current situation for first aid provision?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stated that employers should review their first aid needs assessment and maintain adequate first aid provision for those continuing to operate in the workplace. To support employers with maintaining adequate first aid provision during COVID-19.
For workplaces that are unable to maintain adequate first aid provision, essential face-to-face classroom training may be required. This could include those who work in hospitals, care homes, energy sector, construction, manufacturing and other front line services. Other essential training may also be required for key workers to comply with health and safety regulations and safeguarding requirements. You can read the HSE guidance regarding first aid training here.
Below are the steps we have adopted to to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus when providing face-to-face training.
Pre-Course Information – Collaborative working
- Remote First Aid & Employers will work together in ensuring that all pre-course information is shared in a cohesive and structured way, so as that each and every employee (Student & their Managers) are fully aware of their own and the employers of their own personal obligation to comply with workplace legislation.
- Students must be free from any of the symptoms of Covid as recognised by the Public Health Bodies, or other similar symptoms, Cough, cold, flu, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell.
- Students must not attend if they are in contact with anyone who is self-isolating.
- Students arriving from outside of the UK, must follow the current UK guidance on self-isolation prior to attending any class.
- Candidates will not be screened on arrival of their course, but should only attend they feel fit, healthy and symptom free. It is recognised that every person in the UK is to be assumed to be carrying Covid-19 regardless of being asymptomatic.
Conduct on course
- Students will be provided with an alcohol wipes, hand sanitiser and tissues and encouraged to regularly clean equipment they have handled and sanitise or wash their hands. This will be monitored.
- Candidates will be shown the videos below on how COVID-19 spreads and how to wash your hands on arrival.
- Candidates should not touch their mouth, nose or eyes unless they have just washed or sanitised their hands.
- Long hair must be held back away from the face. Facial hair should be trimmed and tidy to reduce spread also.
- Candidates should maintain physical distancing unless conducted to by their tutors in respects to perform the practical aspects of first aid training as required by the Health & Safety Regulator (the HSE).
- During practical elements (e.g. Safe Airway Position, Secondary Survey and assessments), candidates will be provided with gloves and surgical masks which will be disposed of and safety glasses which will be sanitised.
- During CPR demonstration, practice and assessment:
- Manikin faces will be sanitised by the user. New lungs will be replaced each day for multi-day courses by our staff.
- Rescue Breaths remain an assessed criteria for all courses. Learners will be issued with personal issue pocket masks.
- BLS Protocols will include the latest guidance from the Resuscitation Council that are in force at the time of training.
- For advanced interventions on the Initial Person on Scene training, candidates will be issued with individual items (e.g. BVM, manual suction) so that items are not being shared among candidates.
Post-Course Health Reporting
For Open courses, if any candidates displays symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of the last day of the course, they should notify us so that we can contact the remaining candidates on the course as well as any candidates from subsequent courses who have received training from the same Tutor.
Each learner attending a first aid training course will receive the following personal issue pack from Remote First Aid that contains the following:
- 1 x CPR pocket mask
- 1 x CPR face shield
- 10 x Disposable first aid gloves
- 1 x Triangular bandage
- 1 x Large Ambulance Dressing
- 1 x Medium ambulance dressing
- 1 x pack tissues
- 10 x Manikin alcohol wipes individually wrapped
Across the classroom areas, there will be the following:
- Disinfectant containers one per learner to deposit their manikin mask
- Tiger bags to collect consumable waste from learners
- Hand sanitiser