Southwest First Aid Covid-19 Policy

  • If a delegate has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. new persistent cough, high temperature, loss or change to sense of smell or taste) they must not attend training. We can organise the delegate to attend a future course
  • Social distancing measures will be enforced between everyone at all times during the course and request the same of delegates during breaks.
  • There will be hand sanitisation readily available and the relevant PPE will be provided. Face-coverings will not be provided however delegates are encouraged to bring their own.
  • We have extra provisions and single-use items for practicing CPR and rigorous manikin cleaning protocols are in place.
  • We have altered the practical training aspect of the course to ensure that the instructor and delegates do not touch and remain socially distanced.

Venues and Risk Assessments

The venues where our courses take place are subject to Risk Assessments prior to use and Safe System of Work layout. These will include one-way systems, space between delegate work areas, hand-washing regimes, sanitiser stations, cleaning regimes etc.

The principles being adopted are in line with Government and Public Health England guidelines. This means that we are adopting measures to keep our instructors and delegates safe.

There is no scenario that is completely risk-free. Therefore, whilst we do have cleaning regimes and remind people to wash their hands regularly, we are not sanitising every item throughout the day or requiring people to wear PPE.

Managing the use of toilets can be difficult, but there are processes in place for every venue, such as limiting numbers in at any one time and encouraging people to take toilet-breaks throughout the day rather than all going at once to avoid queuing.

Similarly, there is some reliance on common-sense adoption of requirements and guidelines – for example, we do not mark out areas to show people where to stand, as they can adopt a 2m distance in the same way they have to elsewhere. Also, recognising that we are training adults, people need to cooperate with the guidance but also self-manage – such as if someone comes to stand too close, then they should ask them to step back or they themselves should move away.