Update 15th June 2021

Biosecurity Alert Level 3

All courses will be going ahead as planned this year with the following additional measures in place until further notice:

  • Covid Secure induction for all participants
  • Lateral Flow Tests twice per week during the course for all involved
  • PPE at less than 1 meter during training and simulations
  • Training Bubbles during course
  • Single rooms

We can also assist with organising tests and quarantine hotels for international participants.

Please contact us to discuss any issues or concerns you have and we will be happy to help.

Thank you,

The Clarity Security Training Team


Update 11th February 2021

Biosecurity Alert Level 5

As the pandemic continues to affect us all globally, and as we are still in lockdown in England, Clarity Security Training have been offering and continue to offer online refresher training in First Aid and HEAT.

We are currently looking to begin live training again in April 2021 and all courses are available online to book.

Until live training recommences, we are reviewing our biosecurity protocols in line with the latest government guidelines and we anticipate that in addition to the previous protocols, we will be requiring pre-course and midway lateral flow tests to be carried out, and / or evidence of vaccination.

As new guidelines post lockdown are anticipated, a new set of protocols will be published in due course.

Please check back for updates.

Update 23rd September 2020

Biosecurity Alert Level 4

On 21st September 2020 The Joint Biosecurity Centre recommended that the COVID-19 alert level should move from level 3 (COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation) to level 4 (COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation, transmission is high or rising exponentially).

As such, Clarity Security Training would like to reassure all clients that this does not impact on our training as we have implemented new biosecurity protocols to ensure we are operational at level 4 and below.

We have successfully trialled our new protocols, re-choreographed our scenes, as well as running full HEAT training and are completely confident in our live training.

All scheduled HEAT courses for the remainder of 2020 are still going ahead unless the threat level moves to alert level 5 or we experience a significant drop in participants.

Biosecurity Protocols

Clarity Security Training now operate under the following C19 Biosecurity Protocols:

  • A signed declaration that participants, trainers, actors and support staff have been following UK government guidelines on social distancing and self-isolating if showing symptoms in the 14 days prior to the start date of the course, including declaring for their households and bubbles.
  • Agreement for all participants, trainers, actors and support staff to travel to and from courses avoiding public transport and sign the declaration stating they have not used public transport for 14 days prior to the start of the course, including declaring for their households and bubbles.
  • If the above isn’t possible, a negative Covid 19 test result and an additional declaration that the individual isolated until the result was reached, and avoided public transport is an acceptable alternative.
  • Mandatory participation in a 'Covid-19 Security at Clarity' short training session, to include social distancing and biosecurity protocols.
  • Limiting participants to 16 per course.
  • Single rooms for participants.
  • Pre-allocation of training bubbles / pods for all participants and simulation staff.
  • When operating at less than 2 meters (1 meter plus), full PPE is allocated (for close up security and first aid elements.)
  • PPE for first aid training and simulations (gloves, face masks and eye protectors), changed for every scene.
  • Social distancing measures in place in all buildings, rooms and outdoor spaces.
  • Temperature checks twice per day for participants.
  • Temperature checks on arrival for simulation actors.
  • Self-quarantine for international participants prior to course commencement as per UK government guidelines.
  • A quarantine room and safe exit protocol if anyone shows symptoms during the course.
  • Agreement to participate in NHS Test & Trace program if anyone involved in training shows symptoms.

The protocols apply to all involved in the training including Clarity trainers, support staff and actors as well as participants.

If you have any further questions regarding safety and biosecurity in our HEAT training, please contact us on

Online Learning

Clarity are working on some online training options, however we are currently unable to offer the full HEAT training online. This is due to the close up elements required in the security and first aid training that require practical assessment in order to achieve the accreditation.

Clarity are able to offer an online re-HEAT option for participants who have previously completed HEAT training as a single agency option for groups of up to six participants. Please contact us to discuss this option.

Further Information



FCO - International Travel Advice


United Nations


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Update 19th June 2020

On the 10th May 2020, The UK government changed the Covid-19 advice and message for England from ‘Stay Home’ to ‘Stay Alert’.

This included actively encouraging people back to work from 13th May 2020 if they could not work from home, under new Covid-19 Secure advice, as outlined in ‘Our Plan to Rebuild’, the recovery strategy published on 11th May 2020.

As part of the new biosecurity system for England, a new alert level system from 1 to 5 has been introduced. Level 1 represents Covid-19 no longer present in the UK, and level 5 represents the highest material risk of overwhelming healthcare services.

England is currently at Alert Level 3

Whilst we are at alert level 4, 3, 2 or 1, Clarity Security Training can continue to operate under the evolving guidance. If the alert level moves back to 5, then we may have to cease operating until the alert level reduces to 4.

The UK governments’ new advice places the risk and onus back on to the individual and organisations to be alert to the Covid-19 risks, and act accordingly whilst following social distancing and new workplace advice.

In line with the new UK government advice for England, Clarity Security Training have introduced a new policy and protocols to reintroduce live training.

Covid-19 Secure Environment at Clarity - Alert Level 3

Clarity Security Training is working towards running live courses towards the end of June 2020 under increased protocols to create a Covid-19 secure training environment.

Clarity is keen to work with the sector and our partners to ensure our training courses are safe and secure to attend prior to deployment. We will be working towards increased biosecurity on open courses, as well as offering bespoke / closed courses to individual organisations and groups.

Whilst we work to get the humanitarian sector moving again, please read our updated policy and protocols below and contact us on with any questions.

Updated policy / protocols for a Covid-19 Secure training environment under the new UK Government Biosecurity Covid Alert system.

Please note, these protocols apply to participants, trainers, actors, support staff and any observers. Please read in conjunction with your own or any organisational policies you currently work under.

Operating under Biosecurity Alert Level 3

  • A signed declaration that participants, trainers, actors and support staff have been following UK government guidelines on social distancing and self-isolating if showing symptoms in the 14 days prior to the start date of the course
  • Agreement for all participants, trainers, actors and support staff to travel to and from courses avoiding public transport and sign the declaration they have not used public transport for 14 days prior to the start of the course
  • Mandatory participation in a “Covid-19 Security at Clarity” short training session, to include social distancing and biosecurity protocols*
  • Limiting participants to 20 per course
  • Single rooms (where possible)
  • Social distancing measures in place in all buildings, rooms and outdoor spaces
  • Temperature checks
  • PPE for first aid training and simulations (gloves, face masks and eye protectors)
  • 14 day self-quarantine for international participants prior to course commencement as per UK government guidelines
  • A quarantine room and safe exit protocol if anyone shows symptoms during the course


In line with evolving UK government advice, and to keep all participants, trainers, actors and support staff safe, Clarity may have to exclude participation based on the following disclosures:

  • Cannot declare they have been following government guidelines
  • Anyone who is in the shielded / protected group**
  • Showing symptoms of Covid-19 or recovering from Covid-19
  • Has been in contact with a Covid-19 positive person or environment in the 14 days prior to the start date of the course
  • Has a persistent cough / temperature above 37.7 degrees
  • Shares a household with anyone who has Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19

Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.


A 14 day self-quarantine will be in place for international participants prior to commencement of the course, and upon returning home if in line with the individual countries’ guidelines, and as per UK government policy.

If anyone shows shows symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 during training, all would agree to a test, track and trace and to self isolate for 14 days in line with government advice

Anyone who lives in the same household as someone in the shielded group agrees to self-isolate for 7/14 days before returning home after the course, if in line with their own DRA.

This will be monitored and may change in line with new government guidelines and advice.

Test and Trace

Contact Tracing

All involved agree to participate in a rigorous contact tracing protocol. If anyone shows symptoms of Covid-19 or has a Covid-19 positive test result within 14 days of course completion, all agree to inform Clarity Security Training either individually or via your booking organisation within 24 hours.

Potential Protocols

- Participation in the NHS Test and Trace process

If available prior to course commencement:

- A Covid-19 test for all participants, trainers, actors and support staff

All would need to agree to self-isolate after testing (and ensure this included house hold members) in alignment with government guidelines on effective testing until a negative result is reached.

UK Biosecurity Covid-19 Alert System

If the current UK biosecurity alert level rises to Level 5, Clarity may need to cancel courses at the last minute or introduce a post-course 7/14 day self-isolation recommendation as part of its own risk assessment.

All courses that are affected by Covid-19 are fully refundable / transferable.

*Covid-19 Security at Clarity - Mandatory Short Training Session

  • Introduction to Course Medic
  • Signs / Symptoms of Covid-19 - How to Respond Quickly
  • Checking temperatures and monitoring health and well being
  • Safe Exit Protocol and Nearest Hospital Isolation Unit
  • First Aid on-site - locations of thermometers, PPE, anti-bacterial sanitiser & isolation room
  • Issuing of PPE
  • Correct use of PPE
  • Issuing of mouth guards for CPR
  • Social Distancing - Inside and Out
  • Hand washing and use of hand sanitiser
  • Spatial and environment awareness and personal proximity
  • Sharing equipment protocols
  • Use of shared bathrooms
  • One way systems inside
  • Sharing Vehicles
  • Catering and cleaning responsibilities
  • Potential problem areas / hot spots and how to avoid
  • Sharing and respecting of personal protocols
  • Personal Risk Assessment
  • Contact Tracing Protocol
  • UK Covid-19 Alert Levels

Shielded Group

** The shielded group were asked to isolate for 12 weeks beginning in mid-March 2020. This may be extended after this period is over depending on the evolving UK government guidelines.

If you are in the shielded group but would still like to participate, we may agree to this at your own personal risk. In doing so, you will understand that whilst Clarity Security Training is working hard to mitigate the risks of Covid-19, we cannot at this stage guarantee a fully sterile working environment.

Please contact for further information.


Whilst Clarity Security Training is working hard to get our courses up and running again in line with UK government guidelines for England, we cannot guarantee a sterile working environment. Whilst the scientific community work to understand Covid-19, we can only work towards UK government guidelines. Since new information is coming to light each day about the evolving nature of Covid-19 and its trajectory, Clarity Security Training cannot take responsibility for the contraction and spread of Covid 19 during participation in our courses.

Therefore, we ask everyone participating in our courses to be fully aware of the risks involved with participation, and work towards your own personal dynamic risk assessment at all times when making decisions.

Further Information

Our Plan to Rebuild - UK Government



FCO - International Travel Advice


United Nations


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Update 24th March 2020

In light of the continued developments in the COVID-19 Pandemic, Clarity is cancelling the following courses:

  • 20th - 23rd April - Personal Security for Field Staff (HEAT)
  • 27th - 28th April - Refresher HEAT Course (RE-HEAT)
  • 27th - 29th April - Security for Frequent Travellers

It is highly likely that we will cancel the following course:

  • 18th - 21st May - Personal Security for Field Staff (HEAT)

We will make a final call on the May HEAT by May 1st 2020

Clarity will monitor the situation and in collaboration with our clients will agree a re-start date.

Clarity is keen to work with organisations to get them operational again once the situation calms and travel restrictions are lifted. This could involve:

  • Alternative training methods to support essential field operations
  • A training concentration period once travel restrictions are lifted to get the backlog of people trained allowing deployments to go ahead ASAP
  • If necessary/possible, a Social Distancing / Risk Reduced version of HEAT to support essential deployments only
  • For bespoke trainings we will be liaising directly with clients

Please check the website regularly for updates or contact us on for further information or clarification.

Thank You



Updated 13/03/2020


In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO stated there is a high risk of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading to other countries around the world.

On 11th March 2020, the WHO characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic.

On 12th March 2020, the UK government announced that we are moving out of the contain phase and into delay, in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

What is Coronavirus and Covid-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

How COVID-19 spreads?

When someone who has COVID-19 coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects - such as desks, tables or telephones. People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects - and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. If they are standing within 1 or 2 meters of a person with COVID-19 they can catch it by breathing in droplets coughed out or exhaled by them. In other words, COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to the flu.

Most persons infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover. However, some go on to experience more serious illness and may require hospital care. Risk of serious illness rises with age: older adults seem to be more vulnerable than younger people. People with weakened immune systems and people with conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease are also more vulnerable to serious illness.

Prevention at Clarity

  • Clarity will liaise with agencies/participants on the pre-course travel locations of participants before confirming course attendance.
  • Clarity will liaise with clients and our venues on their own mitigation measures.
  • Hand washing facilities will be provided in key common areas, toilets, and kitchen.
  • All courses be briefed on hand washing and how to react to a mild cough or low-grade fever following the NHS advice.
  • Participants/Staff/Actors with symptoms are to withdraw from commitments and remain at home.
  • Participants/Staff/Actors who are part of vulnerable groups or who are in regular contact with family members in vulnerable groups, should take additional precautions to minimise risks.
  • Any actor who feels vulnerable during this period should not sign up for simulations and withdraw from those already registered for.
  • Anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.8 C or more) needs to cancel their course participation.
  • Anyone who has returned from an area where COVID-19 is spreading and there is high risk or advice against all but essential travel due to Coronavirus spread according to the Foreign Travel Advice should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and take their temperature twice a day even when there are no symptoms, and thus in line with our clients own policies, participants should be self excluding. Every effort will be made to transfer these participants to a future course where possible.
  • For Bespoke courses we are being guided by the clients own policy, and will postpone if necessary.

Cancellation or Postponement of courses

If the situation worsens, Clarity may potentially need to cancel courses. In the event of this being a needed measure, this will be announced by the Directors. Whilst every effort will be made to give as much notice as possible, courses may need to be cancelled last minute in line with official guidance.

Due to the changing nature of advice, during this period Clarity Security Training will extend its cancellation policy to less than 7 days and as such, all course places are transferable / refundable if related to COVID-19 policy.

How to stay informed

There are significant and varied sources of misinformation about Covid-19: please ensure you are getting your information from reliable sources such as FCO Travel Advice, Public Health England (PHE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Please also see below other sources of information:


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