COVID-19 Risk Reduction Measures

In order to make our First Aid courses as safe as possible in the current climate, we will put the following measures in place:

  • Pre-course information will include a request that candidates do not attend if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms as listed by Public Health agencies (temperature above 37.8C, new persistent cough, loss of taste/smell).  In addition to this, candidates must not attend if they have been in contact with anyone experiencing these symptoms within the previous 14 days, if they have been in contact with anyone who is self-isolating or if they have been contacted by the Track & Trace system.
  • Candidates will be informed that course information may be shared with Public Health agencies should a candidate or the trainer receive a positive test result, display symptoms as mentioned above, or be asked to self-isolate by the Track & Trace system.
  • Candidates with long hair will be requested to have it tied back during the course.
  • Each candidate will have their own course pack including manual, paperwork, wound dressing, triangular bandage, crepe bandage, CPR face shield, face mask, face visor, apron.  These will be packed by the trainer into individual plastic wallets / bags at least 5 days prior to the course.
  • CPR manikins will be washed with soap and water, have fresh lungs inserted and any clothing worn by the manikin will be laundered at 60C.
Venue check
  • Each venue will be checked prior to confirmation of course running.  Checks will be made to ensure adequate social distancing can be maintained between candidates when they are sitting in their chairs, when they are doing practical work in their own ‘stations’ and that there is enough space for the trainer to work and to walk around safely.
  • Entry and exit doors will be assessed and one-way systems put in place if necessary.
  • Assessment of doors and windows to provide adequate ventilation / air movement. 
  • A suitable outside area will be used as much as possible, if appropriate, and if weather permits.
  • Toilet facilities will be checked for availability of soap and whether hand-drying is by paper towels or hand driers.  Paper towels will be provided by the trainer if required.
  • A request will be made to the caretakers of the venue to provide information regarding any risk assessments, their cleaning regimes and any other COVID-19 risk reduction measures.
Course specifics
  • Candidate numbers will be reduced to a maximum of 6, subject to venue checks.
  • Hand gel will be available on entry into the training room and will be used by each candidate on arrival. 
  • The wearing of face coverings will be optional while everyone is maintaining social distancing.
  • Soap will be made available in the toilet facilities.
  • A bin, with bin liner will be provided for the disposal of any single-use training equipment.
  • Several pairs of gloves will be packed into small plastic bags and labelled with their size.  These will be packed by the trainer at least 5 days prior to the course.  The candidates will choose their preferred size on arrival to the course.  This will avoid people ‘dipping’ into a box of gloves.
  • Training will be given in correct hand washing technique and the use of hand gel.  Candidates will be reminded to do this on a regular basis throughout the day.
  • CPR manikins will be removed from their bags prior to the start of the course and placed in individual work stations.  The candidates will use a disposable disinfectant wipe on the face and chest of the manikin and allow it to air dry prior to use.  Candidates will be required to wear gloves before using any equipment and will be asked to use the face shield when performing rescue breaths.  On completion of CPR training, the candidate will be asked to wipe the manikin over with a disposable disinfectant wipe again and to remove and dispose of the lungs into the bin provided.  Gloves and face shield will also be put into the bin.
  • Refreshments will not be made available by the trainer.  All food and drink must be provided by the candidates.  Any food rubbish needs to be taken home by the candidates.  The eating of food must either be within the candidates own seating / work station area or outside, socially distanced from other people.
  • Only one person will be allowed in to the toilet facilities at any time.  Good hand washing and application of hand gel will be expected afterwards.
  • If anyone develops COVID-19 symptoms during the course, the course will be immediately suspended and everyone will be sent home.
  • At the end of the course the candidates will be asked to fill in an evaluation form and to put it back into the clear plastic wallet, facing outwards, so that it can be read at a later time by the trainer after disinfecting the plastic without having to remove the paper from it.
  • Candidates will be advised to use the hand gel as they leave the venue.
  • Candidates will be advised to remove clothes on arrival at their homes, to put in the washing machine immediately and to take a shower before coming in to contact with other household members.
  • Candidates will be asked to report any symptoms of COVID-19, if they experience them up to 14 days after completing the course or if they have been contacted by the Track & Trace system.  This will also be followed up by an email to all candidates, after 14 days to check on their welfare.
Person-to-person contact
  • Candidates are required to show competency in bandaging and safe airway / recovery position on a real person.
  • Prior to commencing any person-to-person contact, all candidates will be required to wash hands and apply hand gel.
  • Training will be given in the correct donning and doffing of PPE, including gloves, face coverings, face masks, suitable eye protection, face visors and apron.
  • Candidates will work with the same partner, where possible.  If there are an odd number of candidates on the course, then there will be one group of 3.
  • Candidates will have their own personal ‘clean’ working area next to their chair for performing practical skills such as CPR.  When working with a partner, they will have a designated ‘dirty’ area to practice skills such as bandaging and Safe Airway / Recovery Position.
  • Time spent within social distancing limits will be as minimal as possible.
  • Talking will be kept to an absolute minimum while doing practical work with another person.
  • PPE will be safely removed on completion of task.  Items will either be disposed of in the bin provided, or re-usable items will be disinfected by the candidate and placed in another plastic bag for full decontamination / cleaning by the trainer after the course.