Covid-19 Safety in Training

How we ensure the health and safety of delegates on our courses

We implement the following measures to keep learners and trainers safe:

Before the course:

  • We will ask anyone who is unwell with symptoms of Covid-19 to not attend the course. (Main symptoms are; temperature 37.8c or greater, new continuous cough, loss or change to sense of smell or taste, although not everyone gets these). Delegates should be prepared to have their temperature taken on arrival.
  • The trainer has received both vaccinations/booster and will complete a Lateral Flow Test prior to attending and submit result to Gov.UK.

During the course:

  • We encourage regular hand washing and provide alcohol-based hand sanitisers in each training room for regular use.
  • The seating in our training rooms will allow for social distancing on arrival and throughout the course. Learner numbers on courses will depend on room size. Breaks will also need to observe this requirement.
  • Whenever reasonably practical, social distancing will be maintained, except where absolutely necessary for training and assessment purposes.
  • For sessions of training and assessment where it is necessary to come within close proximity of other learners, related to a situation where a first aider may be expected to wear PPE in a real emergency, appropriate PPE will be worn.
  • Face coverings are requested to be provided by each delegate and worn at the appropriate time when practical sessions require this.
  • Where necessary, group training will be done within the same small group to minimise the number of people with whom learners come into closer contact with.
  • Where possible one manikin will be provided per delegate, where this is not possible and manikins are shared each manikin will be kept to the same small group of delegates throughout the course. All equipment will be cleaned regularly.  Alcohol/sanitising wipes between each learner session will be used. This will reduce hand to surface/surface to hand contamination. This will be with medically graded wipes and as per Resuscitation Council guidelines.
  • For certain courses (assessment required) involving rescue breath training as part of CPR, resuscitation face shields will be provided to each delegate for additional protective measures. On some courses this procedure will be demonstrated by the trainer but the delegate will not be required to undertake this element.
  • Please note: To comply with some certificated qualification courses the assessment element involves practical aspects that have to be achieved to successfully complete the course and gain the qualification.  Please speak to the trainer to avoid any anxiety with this.
  • Before and after each practical session delegates will be requested to wash or sanitise their hands.

After the course:

  • Helping with Track & Trace – Any delegate must inform us if they develop Covid-19 symptoms and test positive within 14 days of attending the course.

We hope the above offers confidence that we take your safety seriously and will risk assess each venue and course.  We are all in this together.

DDS First Aid Training

Delivery of DDS First Aid Training Courses

Course Delivery – Covid-19
We are pleased to confirm we have re-commenced delivering our full range of courses, both those with certificated qualifications as well as our awareness level training.

The provision of these will continue to observe our Covid-19 secure training guidelines to ensure the safety of both our trainers and delegates.

Course venues will be risk assessed and maximum class sizes determined to observe safe and socially distanced first aid training. There are still some changes in our course delivery, training resources and equipment, although we hope to gradually reintroduce the previous course delivery style our clients enjoyed.

Resuscitation Guidelines 2021
On 5 May 2021 the Resuscitation Council (UK) published their Guidelines 2021; where these have been revised, we will start incorporating any changes into our courses.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Community Public Accessible Defibrillators are to be registered on a new database called The Circuit – the national defibrillator network. This is supported by The British Heart Foundation, in partnership with the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Association of Ambulance Chief Executives. Although each ambulance service has AEDs listed in their respective area The Circuit will aim to link all these into one database that is accessible throughout the various ambulance services.

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements, we can advise on the most appropriate courses and help you to ensure you have the first aid cover required to serve your clients, staff and anyone that comes into contact with your business.

Remember an employer should make an assessment of first aid needs appropriate to the circumstances (hazards and risks) of each workplace and the work undertaken.

Ref: First Aid at Work
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

DDS First Aid Training
Updated Information at 17 May 2021