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COVID-19 OHS Training Newsletter

Wednesday, 24 June 2020  
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Providing Healthy, Safe, Socially Distanced OHS Training

 

The COVID-19 alert level has changed to Level 3 on the 1st June 2020. Saiosh has received many queries on whether training can progress and what precautions need to take. Being in the OHS arena many of us are on the fore front of the regulations and the implementation thereof.

 

With the drop in level more workplaces and educational centres return to work than before and as such it is best guided by Saiosh for our members to provide healthy, safe, socially distance OHS Training. At SHASTAC, we have adopted the Providing Safe, Socially Distanced First Aid Training advice that has been developed from international and national sources, which we will share with you by clicking on the link provided. Please note, this should only be used for planning and preparation purposes at this time unless you are delivering ESSENTIAL face-to-face training.

 

Please find below some further information and guidance for centres:

 

The aim of this update is to allow Centres to start preparing for ‘the new normal’. As this is highly likely to involve sitting learners 2 metres apart and carrying out delivery and assessment whilst conforming to socially distanced measures.  This has significant implications for the venues or spaces that you use, the number of learners you allow on a course and the PPE equipment that you will need, so early preparation is vital.

 

All Training Service Providers need to adhere to Government Gazette 43257 Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Covid-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces as Training Centres are considered workplaces.

 

To adhere to this the following would need to be undertaken:

  • A COVID-19 Management Plan would need to be drawn up
  • A COVID-19 Risk Assessment created
  • Employee Training on COVID-19 Risk Assessments
  • COVID-19 Employee Training
  • COVID-19 Compliance Officer appointed

In the COVID19 Management Plan it would spell out what would be undertaken to protect your employees and your delegates.

 

The COVID19 Management Plan would cover the following:

 

Disinfecting

 

Procedure to disinfect all surfaces and objects prior to employees (besides Cleaners) and delegates entering the Training Centre. These would include desks, tables, chairs, door handles, toilets, toilets door handles, wash hand basins, taps, doorknobs, light switches, working surfaces, railings etc and objects such as Telephones, keyboards, pens, cutlery, and crockery etc. This should be carried out with a bleach solution (1/2 cup of Bleach to 5l water) or similar. An 70% alcohol-based disinfectant can be used as well. The cleaner should be provided with latex gloves, face shield, mask, and plastic apron, disposable cleaning cloth/s. Cleaners should be trained on the correct cleaning method i.e. surfaces, where possible should be cleaned down with a detergent and water and thereafter wiped down with a disinfectant. The disinfectant should not be wiped off. The cleaner would also need to be trained on the safe use of chemicals. Ideally this should be done as often as possible with a minimum of twice a day.

 

Classroom Management

 

  • Each classroom should be set up to ensure there is at least 2m between each delegate and the facilitator.

It is preferably that tables are staggered to ensure that delegates do not sit one behind the other

 

Management of Employees, Facilitators and Delegates

 

Screening

 

Before coming to class

 

Pass this information to your students to do a self-check before they leave your home:

________________________________________________

Please complete the questions on the Department of Health Healthcheck app:

 

The links are:

 

USSD - *134*832*2#

 

Whats app – 0600110000 and send ‘hi’

 

URL: healthcheck.higherhealth.ac.za

 

Answer all the questions until you receive a green banner – you are then cleared to attend your class.

 

If you get any other message, please do not come to class and visit your doctor.

_______________________________________________

 

At the class

 

Employees and Facilitators should be screened before entering the Training Centre i.e. their temperature should be taken, and they should be asked several COVID19 related questions. (See COVID19 Employee Screening Form)

 

Where an employee or facilitator’s temperature is above 38deg C or they answer yes to any of the questions they will need to be isolated from all others. The Employer or his/her Representative would then need to contact the Coronavirus Official Toll-Free Hot-Line Call Centre: 0800 029 999. Instructions would then be provided by Call Centre on how to manage the isolated person and what transport arrangements would need to be made for the person.

 

Delegates would need to be treated in the same manner. Under no circumstances must delegates be allowed into the Training Centre until their temperature has been taken and the COVID19 Screening undertaken.

 

Footnote: When using an IR Thermometer, the persons temperature should not read below 34 degrees C. The temperature must be taken again until a reading is obtained above 34 degrees C. Temperatures can either be taken on the forehead or on the side of the neck below the ear.

 

Sanitising

 

  • Hand sanitising must then be undertaken once the person has been screened. Each classroom should be provided with a hand sanitiser as well.

Face Masks

 

  • Each person entering the premises must be wearing a face mask correctly and must always keep these on except when partaking of refreshments

Refreshments and Meals

 

  • Meals and snacks etc. should not be provided. Delegates should bring their own food. Plastic knives and forks may need to be provided to partake of their meals.

Drinks should be served in disposable cups and plastic spoons. Self-service should be changed to each delegate being served by a member of staff to reduce the risk of cross contamination. Delegates should dispose of their own cups and spoons in a plastic lined refuse bin.

 

Tables and chairs in the eating area should be disinfected before and after being used.

 

Posters

 

Posters should be displayed in all areas of the Training Centre. These posters should cover:

 

•     Informing Workers of the dangers of the COVID19 Virus

•     The manner of its transmission

•     The manner to prevent transmission such as personal hygiene, social distancing, use of masks,      cough etiquette

•     Where to go for screening or testing if any present symptoms.

 

Ventilation

 

  • Natural ventilation should be used wherever reasonably practicable. Split Unit air conditioners should not be used in the Classrooms as they may recycle contaminated air containing the COVID19 Virus

Educating Delegates

 

  • Training should commence with educating the delegates on COVID19 virus. These should cover:
  • Introduction to COVID19
  • Characteristics of COVID19
  • Routes of Transmission
  • Symptoms of COVID19
  • Minimising the Risk of Infection i.e. Hand Washing, sanitizing, social distancing, wearing of masks, coughing
  • Contact Procedures if showing symptoms of COVID19


       COVID19 Risk Assessment

 

This Risk Assessment should take into consideration all activities undertaken for training and the control measures that will be implemented

 

       COVID19 Compliance Officer

 

  • A member of the Company should be appointed to oversee the following:
  • Implementation of the COVID19 Management Plan
  • Ensure adherence to the standards of hygiene and health protocols relating to COVID -19 at the workplace

        Refuse Management

 

The COVID19 virus remains on plastic and steel for 72 hours. Refuse should be placed in a bin with a plastic bin liner. These bags should be sealed with a pull string and disposed.

 

What is the current situation for first aid provision?

 

The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) have not made any changes to the regulations regarding OHS regulatory training with the exception to Forklift training; thus employers should review their first aid needs assessment and maintain adequate first aid provision for those continuing to operate in the workplace. Saiosh did previously issue a first aid update that the Chief Inspector, Tibor Szana would be issuing a new regulation with the extension of the current notice by 12 months. This notice was issued: G.G. 43447 of 19 June 2020.

 

How can I safely carry out essential first aid training face-to-face?

 

Please refer to Providing Safe, Socially Distanced First Aid Training, which details the steps that can be taken to mitigate the risk of infection as far as possible when delivering and assessing first aid training in the classroom. This is a live document and will be updated whenever new evidence or guidance comes to light in this fast-moving situation.

 

Can I deliver OHS training online?

 

The Quality Council of Trade & Occupations (QCTO) did release a document regarding online or e-Learning. SETAs may have different requirement and rules and you should refer to them for further guidance on Unit Standard based training. Saiosh feels that OHS training that is delivered solely online is not permitted, however a ‘blended learning’ approach remains acceptable. For online training to be successful, the appropriate equipment, environment and support must be made available to both Centres and Learners.

 

No practical assessments for these qualifications can be taken online. The remainder of the course must be delivered and assessed in the classroom.

 

If you have any questions or queries relating to this update, please refer to our web page, where any updated information will be posted: www.saiosh.co.za or email SHASTAC: shastac@saiosh.co.za

 

Wash hands frequently and remember social distancing.

 

Graham Pearson


Chairperson: Saiosh Health and Safety Training Advisory Committee (SHASTAC)

 

Further Information and Guidance:

 

To download CPR COVID-19 information click HERE 

 

To download First Aid Training COVID-19 information click HERE

 

 

"Saiosh - Keeping You Informed" 


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