Despite the threat of Covid-19 it is still a legal duty for workplaces to have an effective First Aid provision. People will still have accidents and suffer sudden and serious illnesses. With pressures on emergency services there has never been a more important time to have competent first aiders.
Getting you Trained, Keeping us all Safe
There are obvious concerns about attending a traditional classroom course during Covid -19. Unfortunately, unlike other subjects, the HSE and DfE , do not accept a first aid qualification delivered solely online. A blend of online and face to face remains acceptable.
Our awarding organisation, Qualsafe, have given us guidance on how we can support essential training whilst maintaining safety.
We can provide training in our virtual classroom blended with a short face to face session incorporating the physical demonstrations and assessments. The virtual classroom time makes good use of workers on furlough and reduces the time needed for the practical sessions.
Face to face Learning
If there is sufficient space we can provide face to face training for a smaller number of learners including the following precautions
As a business, controlling infection has always been a priority. Most Learners have access to their own manikin/s and face shields. Manikins have a very stringent cleaning regimen between uses.
Pre course – we will be
-Explaining our infection control measures in advance of booking and arriving.
-Keeping up to date with changes and notifying the learners direct
-Asking learners to bring their own cup, pens and note paper
On arrival – we will be:
-Screening for COVID-19 symptoms and exclude as necessary
-Checking Learner should not be self-isolating
-Supplying alcohol wipes/gel/sanitiser and asking to thoroughly sanitise hands
The Course – we will be:
-Sanitising hand contact points and shared items
-Delivering a brief session on effective infection control
-Seating Learners at least 2 metres apart or less if other controls in place
-Supplying individual equipment, either sealed or sanitised
-Supplying full body manikins for recovery position.
-Bandaging and tourniquets will be done on ourselves
-Supervising closely to ensure compliance
-Maintaining physical distancing
-Supplying face masks for situations where an assessment may affect the distancing requirements (Full guidance will be given)
-Requiring handwashing during the day
CPR – extra safety measures include:
-One manikin per Learner
-Removable parts, lungs / airways / valves- replaced for each learner
-One-way valves which stop air coming back out of the manikin mouth and direct expired air out of the back of the head via a filter
-Anti-surfactant wipes (e.g. Trionic wipes) used after each session (removes any bio-film as well as germ killing)
(The Health and Safety Executive and Consultant Microbiologists at NHS England have approved these measures as being sufficient, however, in the current climate; each Learner will be issued with a personal CPR face shield to provide double failsafe protection.)
NB These guidelines are correct at 6.7.20 and will be changed in line with the most up to date information