Coronavirus Policy & Lock down
First Aid For All Limited is a small family business delivering affordable training courses. We have a number of staff over 60 and one Director is over 70: we are taking Coronavirus very seriously.
Here is our policy regarding Covid-19 and our trading activities.
Update 2nd November 2020, lock down 2:
We are allowed to continue to deliver training because:
- it is essential training
- groups are less than 15 people
- they are business not social events
- we follow all Covid-19 guidelines
Our normal booking and cancellation policy applies. Note: a full refund will be given if we have to cancel a course.
Covid-19 Risk Assessment & Course Attendee Requirements
NOTE: references to Social Distancing refer to the current UK Government official distance.
On Arrival at venue
All staff and visitors:
- must confirm they have no Covid-19 symptoms
- must confirm they have no reason to be self-isolating e.g. having been in contact with a confirmed or suspected Covid-19 person or having returned from abroad within the last 14 days (or current Government guidelines
- are directed to the toilet/hand washing facilities and instructed to wash hands with Soap and Warm Water for a minimum of 20 seconds and dry them completely before touching any hard surface. Alternatively, Alcohol Hand Sanitiser may be used ensuring natural drying before touching any hard surface
- must confirm they understand the importance of regular hand hygiene throughout the day
- reads any Sign-age and Visual Aids relating to the training course, safety, and Covid-19
- must confirm they understand the importance of Social Distancing at all times and the current official distance required
Prior to Course Commencing
Trainer explains course content, topics covered, any specific requirements to be in close proximity to another person and the reasons why. The requirements will vary depending on the official Covid-19 Alert Level.
Trainer ensures learners are aware of the available PPE and know how to use it correctly.
Ensures learners know the venue facilities that are and are not available to them during the course.Â When the official Covid-19 Alert Level is 3 or above, venue kitchen facilities including fridge, washing, microwave will be unavailable to learners. Self-service drink facilities will be available in the training room.
All learners are asked if they are satisfied with the course requirements and Covid-19 infection control measures in place and want to proceed with the course.
Ensure learner has no symptoms associated with COVID 19. The trainer asks learners to confirm this at the start of the first session and after each break or every 2 hours, whichever is sooner.
Any learner that becomes ill or shows symptoms during the course must leave the course and venue immediately.
Ask learners to avoid touching their face, especially eyes, nose and mouth, unless absolutely necessary.
Ensure all learners dispose of tissues used on nose or mouth, immediately into the bin and then ensure learner’s correct hand hygiene protocols. If no tissue available for an urgent cough learners must use their elbow.
The trainer ensures each learner signs-in to the course (if not already done remotely) on the provided device, bearing in mind Social Distancing and Hygiene Guidelines, using Alcohol Wipes to thoroughly wipe down the monitor and key board and allowing for natural drying before the next learner signs in.
Alternatively, when applicable, the trainer explains how learners can sign-in on their own Internet connected device.
Ensure all learners use hand sanitiser or wash hands after signing in and regularly throughout the day.
Ensure learners keep to their initial drinking vessel during the course of the day, to eliminate the risk of cross infection.
Close contact between trainers and learners reduced to an absolute minimum by sensible adaptations to training and assessment activities, introduced where necessary.
Where training has been modified for Covid-19, learners will be made aware of normal practice, the changes now required, the reason for the changes.
When close contact is absolutely necessary, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to reduce the risk of cross contamination between learners. Disposable gloves, Face masks and CPR Face shields.
Learners will be allocated to a “bubble” of other learners.Â When close interaction is needed with other learners or equipment, learners will only interact with others and equipment from their bubble.
Disinfectant wipes will be available for learners to clean equipment between uses.
Where possible, practical elements on courses will be grouped together reducing the number of times learners are required to put on and remove PPE.
If a learner demonstrates competence in a practical session/skill, there will be no need to demonstrate competence or practice the skill again (unless the learner requests this).
Alcohol Hand Sanitisers will be provided for use by learners as they enter and exit the training room and throughout their time in the training room.
Appropriate Social Distancing between each student will be adhered to at all times, except when absolutely necessary for the purpose of practicing or demonstrating competence.
Scrupulous hygiene in toilets, observing and following any instructions on walls/back of toilet door etc. Rigorous Hand Hygiene undertaken, ensuring hands are completely dry before touching any hard object or surface.
Cleaning of regularly used surfaces, table tops, door handles etc. will take place during the day by staff at the venue.
Manikins are thoroughly sanitised prior to the course and airway/lungs renewed.
RE-VISIT THESE COURSE ARRANGEMENTS TO ENSURE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HYGIENE DURING THE COURSE OF THE DAY.
The course trainer will be required to record any breaches of social distancing, noncompliance, and potential infection risks occurring during the course. Covid-19 infections are reportable under RIDDOR.
We continue to follow any advice, updates and changes from the Government and related organisations, and from industry regulators, on COVID 19 including the Resuscitation Council UK, the World Health Organisation. The National Health Service, the Health and Safety Executive.
Please contact us if you have any concerns or suggestions regarding our approach and Covid-19 precautions.
Important information from the HSE: First aid cover and qualifications during Coronavirus
Important information about: online first aid training.
HSE press release: HSE, TUC, and CBI Joint Statement
Private First Aid Courses during Covid-19
We can deliver private first aid courses at your workplace of you can hire our venue in Audenshaw.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Our prices are exactly the same but there are restrictions on: venues, space requirements, attendee numbers.
Gloves and surgical masks will be provided to all attendees and these must be used during the practical sessions of the training.
Businesses must provide a safe working environment for staff, this includes taking precautions for COVID-19.
First aid and other safety training is essential training that is needed particularly by workplaces where it is not possible for staff to work from home, and particularly when there may be extended ambulance response times due to the crisis.
During a lock-down (depending on the severity and rules set) we can still deliver private first aid courses for key workers e.g. for schools and essential businesses that do not have enough trained staff on-site.
HSE Statement 19th March 2020:
[The changes will also apply to Paediatric First Aid and Emergency Paediatric First Aid.]
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware that people holding Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates nearing expiry date, might experience disruption to access to requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the Coronavirus pandemic.
HSE's current guidance on the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l123.pdf is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualification should undertake retraining before their original certificate expires and HSE strongly recommends that employers, and individuals holding those qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates.
If however requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with Coronavirus or by complying with related government advice, it is reasonable and practical to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months. Anyone taking advantage of this extension should be able to describe clearly their reasons for delaying requalification training, and demonstrate steps they have taken to undertake the training, if required.
This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.
Phil Smith | Vulnerable Workers, Competence, Worker Involvement and First Aid policy, Engagement and Policy Division
Health & Safety Executive.
Official Coronavirus Information
Please use reputable and valid information:
"I feel like I could with everything I have learnt ..."
C Robson 29/Jan/2020
First Aid Industry Body Approved: