Safety-Care® Infection Control
Precautions for Trainer Trainings
last updated May 4, 2020
North America has experienced an epidemic of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). During the epidemic, QBS will run in-person trainings only when permitted by local state and provincial requirements. When we conduct in-person trainings, we will use the following guidelines. We will also adhere to local government requirements, such as limits on the number of people who may participate in a gathering.
By attending and participating in a Safety-Care trainer class, you attest that you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and that you have not, to your knowledge, been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days. You also attest that if you have ever suffered from COVID-19, you have fully recovered and you have been advised by a qualified medical professional that you are no longer infectious.
QBS will not send or allow any master trainer to participate in a training unless they also meet this standard.
Any trainee who is showing symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease as assessed by the Master Trainer will be asked by the master trainer to leave the class.
Participants should bring and wear a mask and hand sanitizer to the training. If you don’t bring them, we will not be able to provide them to you. If you do not bring these items, we will ask you to leave.
QBS will conduct training in a manner that is intended to minimize the likelihood of infection. However, it is important to understand a couple of things:
- Any grouping of people presents some risk of infection among the participants.
- It is impossible to practice and correctly learn Safety-Care physical procedures without touching other people – Safety-Care training will involve physical contact. We will take precautions to minimize the risk of infection during the training, but those measures cannot mean zero contact and full social distancing for trainees who wish to be certified to use physical procedures.
If you are unable or unwilling to accept the risks of participation in this class, please speak with the master trainer privately. You can choose to skip—and be restricted on—any or all physical procedures during the class. As a trainer, a restriction means that you are not certified to use or teach that procedure.
We will use the following procedures during training:
- Training spaces and materials will be cleaned and disinfected between trainings following CDC and OSHA guidelines. If another organization is hosting a training, we will get affirmation from that organization that proper cleaning and disinfection have occurred in that room since any other activity.
- The master trainer and all trainees will wear masks that cover the mouth and nose whenever they are within approximately six feet and closer of other trainees.
- Frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer (when available) are expected and encouraged among all participants.
- Trainees will be divided into groups of two or three partners. Each member of a grouping will only touch other members of that grouping (and the master trainer). Different groupings will stay 6 feet away from other groupings throughout the training.
- The master trainer will sometimes need to have physical contact with trainees during the class for the purpose of demonstration, assessment, and prompting. A trainee who is being certified in a procedure will need to accept that physical contact will happen with the master trainer and other members of the grouping. The master trainer will wash hands or use hand sanitizer between physical contact with one trainee and a trainee from any other grouping.
- We may find that implementation of these precautions slow the pace of a given class in a manner that does not allow all elements of the class to be completed within the allotted time frame. We will attempt to be as efficient as possible, but classes may run slightly late, or trainers may need to prioritize the parts of a class that can only be done in person, with follow up activities, such as taking written tests or demonstrating training of verbal competencies, being completed after the class via online or other evaluation procedures.