Removal of most coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions
This page is up to date following the removal of most restrictions in England. There are different regulations and guidance to follow for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The latest advice on keeping workplaces safe provided by the HSE, will help us and you assess the risks and continue to reduce COVID-19 transmission. This includes links to information on vaccination, as well as on testing, tracking and tracing (including where variants are spreading). Please take the time to read these differing restrictions, before booking your first aid training with us, so you fully understand the applications we have in place in each home nation. Classroom managemnet will differ in each country depending on the control methods placed on YOU & US to comply with the laws and regulations in place. FIRST AID TRAINING CAN BE DELIVERED SAFELY IN ALL AREAS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND.
UPDATED 31ST AUGUST 2021. Next review date 21st September 2021.
The Covid-19 procedure information we provide below, will guide you (the organisation) booking the training along with your staff attending their training with us. Below, we outline what we expect you to do and what you can expect us to do when conducting your first aid training on your behalf.
There is such a varying amount of regulation differences across GB & NI, we have adopted a simple unified approach, so as not to breech any Regulations in force, especially along the English / Welsh Border in that we will maintain Social Distancing in lessons, ++wear a face covering when moving around our training centres and follow an organisations guidelines on face coverings in line with their specific COVID-19 Risk Assessment.
++When providing fist aid in the workplace the correct level of PPE is required to be supplied by the Employers to their first aiders, this includes, Surgical Type IIR face masks, Disposable Aprons along with Disposable first aid gloves & where indicated by their own local COVID-19 Risk Assessment eye coverings, such as goggles or a visor when providing first aid.
Learning areas, facilities & delegates:
1.1. The learning area supplied must be large enough to allow for social distancing for learners, including practical elements.
and the trainer, with the correct level of ventilation in place as per the HSE guidelines. Our learning areas meet these standards & we expect the same from bookers when requesting us to deliver at your site.
1.2. The area size must, be at least 16 metres x 8 metres to accommodate the permitted 12 delegates and one trainer or part thereof if numbers are less.
1.3. For this size, we expect one chair per learner & suitable table tops to maintain distancing.
1.4. This is based on chairs with single desk in a horseshoe layout. We have provided a visual layout guide here. The law says employers must make sure there’s an adequate supply of fresh air (ventilation) in enclosed areas of the workplace. This has not changed during the pandemic.
1.5. If in doubt, please contact Remote First Aid prior to the course for advice.
1.6. The trainer will have the final authority to refuse to deliver the course should they deem it an unsafe space on the day. The customer will still be responsible for all agreed fees if this happens.
1.7. The customer will be required to provide adequate toileting facilities and soap to wash and dry hands safely as we do at our venues. The customer must provide adequate light beverages for each day of training as we do.
1.8. It would be good practice for the customer to also provide hand sanitiser as per national guidance.
1.9. In order to dispose of any PPE used in lessons adequate lidded bins must be provided.
Your delegates are to be advised by you the following prior to joining us:
- Bring pen and paper
- That they are required to complete the Coronavirus pre-course questionnaire
- Not to attend if they have any of the Coronavirus symptoms
- To withdraw from the course if they develop Coronavirus symptoms while on the course
Employers may choose to have their delegates complete either the final exam online, in which case they will need to bring a suitable wifi enabled device with them. Or they may choose to have their learners complete the final exam on paper. Please advise at the time of booking which you requires for your learners. There are no additional charges regardless of exam method selected.
Customers are to provide Remote First Aid with copies of the following:
- Name & Contact details of the COVID-19 Safety Officer.
- The sites COVID-19 Risk Assessment.
The above forms our general COVID-19 Risk Assessment and each venue will have a documented Risk Assessment complied from the information you supply. This will be shared with our trainers and held on file.
DURING THE COURSE
If delegates or the trainer develop any of the following symptoms of coronavirus before joining or while on the course, they must follow the national guidance in place at the time:
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature: this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough: this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste: this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If they develop one of these symptoms, they should:
2.1 If courses are postponed by you due to the Coronavirus there will be a 50% postponement fee payable.
2.2 In the unlikely event of us postponing your course due to the trainer becoming ill there will be no fee charged for rescheduling the course at a later date. (We do have standby trainers who can take over the course).
3 Training of CPR will be carried out in-line with UK Resuscitation Council Guidelines for CPR training during the Covid-19 pandemic. This involves, during the practical CPR element:
3.1. Delegates using a manikin face-shield (which is no change from what we have always provided in training).
3.2. The manikin being sanitised between each use (which is no change from what we have always provided in training).
3.3. The manikin lungs being changed each day (rather than at the end of each course)
3.4 .Delegates are supplied with their own learning packs containing, surgical face covering gloves, dressings, CPR face shield and bandages (the only change form what we have always supplied is the addition of the surgical face covering).
All the required PPE is supplied in our lessons to comply with the HSE position on First Aid PPE which includes when delivering training.
4.1 On courses of more than one day in duration the customer must ensure that rooms are cleaned and all hard surfaces including, chairs, tables, door handles and light switches are sanitised, and bins emptied.
4.2 The customer will inform Remote First Aid if any delegates develop the symptoms of Coronavirus up to 10 days days post course completion.
4.3 Remote First Aid will inform the customer if the trainer develops signs and symptoms up to 10 days after course completion.
5.1 It is the customers responsibility to ensure that their first aiders are equipped to the HSE standards expected in respects to PPE provision moving forward. We have an online store that provides HSE workplace first aid equipment and first aider / first responder PPE.
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