Updated 5th June 2020, please read
With the change in Government advice on going to work and travel to work the requirement to ensure your staff are trained has become an important factor. While there are challenges with some Courses we are seeking solutions and have been providing training to essential businesses since March.
While HSE has put a 3 month deferment for refresher training that started in March and is due to finish soon. The HSE is emphatic that staff should be able to demonstrate competence. With harvest approaching all too quickly now is the time to review and check your staff still have the skills to operate safely , especially if they have been off work and furloughed.
While we have the current dry spell much training can be done outside reducing the risk of infection further. All our instructors have developed ways of reducing risk and in a lot of cases paperwork has been reduced to reduce the risk of contamination.
With regard to BASIS and agronomy courses this winter we are following the latest BASIS and government advice.
BASIS Courses : We have a Covid 19 protocol in place for this year’s course with social distancing and tight hygiene practices in place.
Our risk assessment and policy will be on-line with government guidelines
Whilst on-line delivery is suitable for some courses, the BASIS certificate benefits by the interaction between the delegates who come from a wide range of disciplines. We currently have no plans to move any part of this delivery online.
We are doing our upmost to ensure our venues are controlled and cleaned. Delegate numbers per classroom are being capped to ensure each delegate can distance themselves. All unnecessary contact and grouping of delegates is being reduced. We are providing information on hygienic measures in line with government guidelines. If you have certification that is expiring and you need to book a refresher course but are reluctant given the current circumstances please give us a call as some awarding bodies have introduced longer grace periods to help ease worries. For the latest information please visit the governments help site.
We have also introduced a self certification system where by delegates are asked to give a declaration as to their being fit to attend training at the start of each course day and would remind you of the following when you should not attend a course;
You or any delegate attending training, has returned from abroad in the last 14 days OR had contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus & are experiencing cough/fever/shortness of breath:You should STAY INDOORS & call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
We will also be asking instructors and staff to self certificate, should any of the above apply to them, and then place themselves in isolation. This may mean we cancel courses at very short notice, so hope you will be understanding should this happen. Courses will then be organised as and when it is appropriate.
As a reminder, everyone can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and public health professionals recommend that we:
- consider the use of face coverings/screening when appropriate
- wash our hands often with soap and water; if that is not possible, use hand sanitizer
- cover our mouth and nose with our sleeve or a tissue when we sneeze or cough
- avoid close contact (touching or shaking hands) with people who are sick
- avoid touching our mouth, nose, and eyes
- stay home when we are sick
As the health and safety of our customers is our highest priority, we will be taking additional steps where ever applicable.