COVID 19 GUIDANCE

Update 28th May 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 UK governments’ recovery strategy published on 11th May 2020.

As part of the UK governments 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

In line with the latest UK Government advice for England, 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 bookings@clarity-training.com 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 they or household members show symptoms of Covid-19
  • 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)
  • Agreement for all participants, trainers, actors and support staff to travel to and from courses avoiding public transport and sign a declaration they have not used public transport for 14 days prior to the start of the course
  • A Covid-19 secure Personal Dynamic Risk Assessment (PDRA) protocol template issued for pre-course checks and ongoing personal risk assessment throughout the course
  • Social distancing measures in place in all buildings, rooms and outdoor spaces
  • 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

Exclusions

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 37.3 degrees
  • Shares a household with anyone who has Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19
  • Shares a household with anyone who has used public transport in the last 14 days prior to the start date of the course

Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.

Quarantine

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.

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 PDRA.

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

Track 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

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 - Short Training Session

  • Issuing of PPE
  • Correct use of PPE
  • Social Distancing - Inside and Out
  • Spatial and environment awareness and personal proximity
  • Sharing equipment protocols
  • Use of bathrooms
  • One way systems
  • Hand washing
  • Catering and cleaning responsibilities
  • Issuing of mouth guards for CPR
  • Potential problem areas / hot spots and how to avoid
  • Sharing and respecting of personal protocols as per PDRA’s
  • 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 bookings@clarity-training.com for further information.

Disclaimer

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
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy

NHS
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

HSE
https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/working-safely-during-coronavirus-outbreak.htm

FCO - International Travel Advice
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

WHO
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

United Nations
https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus

 

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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 bookings@clarity-training.com for further information or clarification.

Thank You

 


 

Updated 13/03/2020

Background

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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