COVID-19 Risk Assessment & Risk Management Training.

Coronavirus COVID-19 has effected many businesses and organisations. As the restrictions are gradually eased and businesses return to work there will be a new normal. Businesses will have to adjust and adapt and new health and safety procedures will need to be reviewed.

Skills Team have developed this COVID-19 Risk Assessment & Risk Management Training course to provide a practical and evidence based approach to managing risk from COVID-19 in the workplace. This training is provided through virtual online classroom.

The COVID-19 Risk Assessment & Risk Management Training can be tailored to suit your training requirements and industry specific business needs.

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this training, participants will have:

  • An overview of risk control strategies for COVID-19
  • Practical tools to identify workplace hazards from COVID-19
  • Workplace control measures to prevent infection from COVID-19
  • Emergency procedures for COVID-19 containment
  • Management methods to ensure COVID-19 prevention
  • Human Factor and behaviour based methods to maintain prevention

About Course

At Skills Team, we take a proactive approach to both training and course development. The aim is to enhance learners’ knowledge of managing risks around COVID-19.

The course will equip the learner with the knowledge, skill, and competence to help prevent the spread of infection in the workplace, and protect their health and well-being as well as that of others who they may come in contact with. The course will also cover the ramifications of COVID-19 risk management on public reputation, employee satisfaction and customer approval and how it can affect the learner’s business.

The training course will cover the importance of preventing exposure to COVID-19 by identifying and writing down foreseeable hazards from COVID-19. Hazards that are not identified cannot be appropriately managed, hence methods to prompt participants to consider what could go wrong will be detailed. For example; what if one of our workers suddenly sneezes in the canteen or reports a temperature?

Once identified, appropriate control measures of COVID-19 related hazards can be written down for example, ensuring 2m distance in all shared areas, immediate hand-washing for sneezing and coughing incidents, cleaning and disinfection procedures, the availability of an isolation room for the worker with a temperature.

Adequately preventing and dealing with COVID-19 exposures requires robust management. This course will outline the importance of clearly writing down required policies and procedures as part of a COVID-19 safety management system. Specific roles will also be detailed including a COVID-19 safety officer, a COVID-19 safety committee, waste disposal teams, and rapid response teams for “shop floor” incidents.

To ensure control measures are continually applied and reviewed, the importance of human factors will be detailed.  Motivational issues such continual engagement of workers, senior management leadership, implementing and continually maintaining a preventative workplace safety philosophy will be reinforced.

Course Content

Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Methods for Covid-19

  • A brief overview of consensus scientific knowledge on the Covid-19 virus, routes of entry, transmissibility and infectivity
  • Practical Covid-19 related hazard identification methods including; Visual Inspection, Scenario Analysis, What if methods, Task Analysis of the total production line (supply chains, materials delivery, production, & dispatch)
  • Brainstorming for worst case analysis, fault & event trees and Bow Tie Analysis, focus groups and Delphi based methods including subject document analysis
  • Responsibility of daily worker in the hazard identification procedures for Covid-19
  • Preliminary risk assessment of current Covid-19 control measures
  • Importance of writing down all identified and foreseeable Covid-19 related hazards for organisational risk registers

Management Control Strategies

  • Duties required for COVID-19 under Health & Safety legislation and new COVID-19 legislation
  • Appointing a Covid-19 Safety Officer as the lead for infection prevention and control
  • Responsibilities of the Covid-19 Safety Officer
  • Implementing daily, weekly and monthly checks
  • Updating, writing and communicating  all Covid-19 control measures and policies
  • Techniques to maintain vigilance and diligence as well as preventing stress and burnout
  • Business interruption issues including; staff shortages, removing and laying off non-essential staff

Employer and Worker Engagement and Communication

  • Establishing a preventative mind set in all employees using modern evidence based workplace safety techniques such as; Resilience, Safety Culture, Human Factors and Error Reduction
  • Appointing deputies for all employees with designated Covid-19 duties
  • Importance of “shop floor” & supervisor involvement
  • Perception and fear of Covid-19 when entering the workplace
  • Risk communication methods and using trustworthy sources of information

Infection Control

  • Sanitisation, disinfection and cleaning schedules for surfaces and equipment
  • Identifying locations and dealing with surfaces receiving frequent touching and hand contact
  • The importance of hand washing, drying and alcohol based hand rubs
  • Coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • Social distancing, self-isolation, self-reporting symptoms and taking worker temperatures
  • Appropriate waste disposal, double bagging, 72 hour wait or using clinical waste streams

PPE

  • Recommended PPE for droplet, contact and airborne transmission
  • Surgical masks and respirators with FFP2/3 or N95 designation
  • Ensuring correct PPE fitting
  • Disposable gloves, gowns, aprons, tissues and waste disposal
  • Good hygiene practice regarding eating, drinking, smoking, cosmetics and personal skin care
  • PPE for waste disposal employees

COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

  • Clear and practiced procedures in the event of unexpected sneezes or coughs, possible contamination episodes or employees reporting symptoms at work
  • Achieving a devolved and rapid evaluation of infection risk based using; site inspections, analysing symptoms and risk assessing any procedures likely to result in further exposure to infectious respiratory droplets, aerosols or cross contamination
  • The use of isolation rooms complete with PPE and hygiene facilities for suspected cases
  • The importance of employee training and practicing all emergency scenarios under real world conditions

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