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COVID-Secure Practical First Aid Training

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A practical first aid training course requires a group of people to be in close proximity all day, therefore people may well breathe in recycled air containing micro droplets, touch surfaces others have touched and share toilet and refreshment facilities.

Despite the UK Government relaxing restrictions in England, the virus is still actively circulating so we have decided to maintain a number of additional safety measures that we've been using on our courses during the pandemic: the trainer will ask you to minimise face-to-face with other attendees and, when close contact is required for elements of the learning and assessment, you will be asked to wear a mask.

We all have different attitudes and tolerance to risk so we hope that you'll agree with us that, for the moment, this feels like a sensible approach for everyone's peace of mind during the training.

Even with COVID-19 transmission reduction measures in place it is important to understand that no training course can be 100% safe.

The legislation requiring employers to have appropriate first aid cover for business has not changed:

  • The HSE still considers first aid provision to be important with implicit training needs, the guidance on their website remains largely unchanged. The HSE requires that assessment of first aid competence is conducted face-to-face.
  • Businesses still have to comply with the law, have sufficient first aid cover and a first aid needs assessment.
  • Organisations and individuals still have a duty of care to those in their care.

/media/firstaidtips/library/socially-distanced-first-aid-training.jpgAdditional Safety Measures on Practical First Aid Training Courses

  • DO NOT attend the course if you are feeling unwell or if you, or any member of your household, displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. The symptoms are: High temperature OR New continuous cough OR loss of taste or smell. Find out how to get a test and if you need to isolate at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
  • You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire before you can register on the course on the day. A copy of the Health Questionnaire will be sent to you by email along with your booking confirmation. Everybody in the training room must complete this questionnaire.
    • If you show any signs or symptoms of covid-19 you will be asked to leave the course immediately,
    • If you should be self-isolating or in quarantine you will be asked to leave the course immediately,
    • If you develop symptoms during the training you will be asked to leave the course immediately,
    • You must follow all the covid-19 guidance given by the trainer, for example hand-washing, maintaining distance, using PPE, or you risk being asked to leave the course.
  • You will be asked to disinfect your hands when you enter the training room. We highly recommend also washing your hands with warm soapy water in accordance with Public Health England guidelines. Here is a video from the NHS on how to wash your hands: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
  • The trainer will ask you to minimise face-to-face contact with other attendees.
  • When close contact is required for elements of the learning and assessment, you will be asked to wear a mask.
  • On public first aid courses you will be loaned a resuscitation manikin which is for your sole use for the duration of the course.
  • Gloves, hand sanitizer and disposable masks are available on the course.

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