• COVID-19 Essentials: Close Contact Working

COVID-19 Essentials: Close Contact Working, HST001

This online training course provides close contact workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce the spread of infection and illness in their workplace.

It explains the fundamentals of infection prevention, the importance of personal hygiene, and how to correctly and safely use different types of PPE, including the use of visors. Taking this training will enable you to follow practical steps that help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe.

This course complies with current workplace-specific guidance for close contact services working safely during COVID-19, as released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Likewise, the information on how to use PPE complies with advice published by Public Health England, the NHS, and the Department of Health and Social Care.

  • - Developed in line with Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, NHS and Public Health England guidance together with healthcare professionals
  • - Online training course and assessment with no time limits
  • - Approximate duration: 3 hours
  • - High quality certificate posted next working day
  • - Downloadable certificate on completion
  • - Full audio voiceover

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is suitable for those returning to work who provide close contact services. It should be taken by anyone who wants to understand the correct infection control procedures, the techniques for putting on and removing basic PPE, and how they can help to make the workplace a safe place for everyone by limiting the risks associated with COVID-19.

Course Content

The course is divided into six accessible, interactive modules and also includes an assessment at the end:

1Introduction to COVID-19 Essentials for Close Contact WorkingWho is this course for?, what is meant by 'close contact services'?, which organisations are not yet permitted to reopen?, infection, why is infection prevention and control necessary?, what is COVID-19?, how is COVID-19 transmitted?, the chain of infection, legislation, the COSHH Regulations 2002, Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013, government guidance for COVID-19, employer duties, employee duties.
2Risk Assessments and Methods of Infection Prevention and ControlRisk assessment, equality and diversity in the workplace, managing the risks of COVID-19, social distancing, the highest risk zone, preventing exposure to microorganisms, keeping clients and visitors safe, communal areas, self-isolation, NHS Test and Trace, protecting vulnerable workers, shielding, first aid during COVID-19.
3Effective Cleaning for Infection Prevention and ControlCleaning activities, cleaning during COVID-19, cleaning after a suspected case of COVID-19, clean-up kit, further considerations before reopening, further hygiene tips.
4Personal HygieneWhat is personal hygiene?, the importance of personal hygiene for infection control and prevention, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene, handwashing procedure, when should hands be washed?, advice for commuting, workplace handwashing facilities, client toilets, workplace facilities.
5Correct Use of PPE: Part 1What is PPE and why is it important?, steps to take before putting on PPE, how to correctly use face visors, how to correctly use gloves, how to correctly use aprons, how to correctly use overalls, how to correctly use face masks, employees who choose to wear face coverings.
6Correct Use of PPE: Part 2When might PPE be worn?, wearing multiple items of PPE, how to safely dispose of PPE, what are the limitations of PPE?, COVID-19 and workplaces.

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