Safety-Care® Recommended Infection Control Precautions for Specialist Training
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect North America, QBS has recommendations about how to conduct training of Safety-Care. These are not requirements.
Note: When QBS conducts in-person Safety-Care trainings, we follow a specific protocol. This protocol is not the same as the recommendations set out here, because the circumstances are different.
General Training Recommendations
- Each organization should conduct training in compliance with applicable state, provincial, and local government requirements.
- Each organization should assess its own needs with regard to Safety-Care training. It may be appropriate to train fewer staff, or to train some staff on a more limited version of Safety-Care.
- Consult with qualified medical professionals regarding appropriate precautions (not just this document).
- QBS currently allows remote training of the non-competency parts of the curriculum. Consider this option if it is practical. Remote training must be over live two-way audiovisual connection. The same limits on class size apply as to in-person training. You can quickly demonstrate or discuss competencies (showing video from Trainer Connect if appropriate). Competencies must be tested in person, but that can happen at a later date, 1:1 or in small groups.
- Follow state, provincial, and local government guidelines on number of people gathering, social distancing, wearing of masks, and other precautions.
- Provide a large, well-ventilated space for training. The required space may have to be larger than was acceptable before the pandemic.
- You may ask trainees to identify their status regarding vaccination against COVID-19 (whether they are two weeks past their final vaccination dose or not) or if they choose not to disclose their vaccination status.
- Those who have not been identified as vaccinated may be asked to wear a mask during training, maintain social distancing when not practicing physical procedures.
- Those who have not been identified as vaccinated may be broken into small groups who do not have cross physical or other close contact across groups or with the trainer.
- Additional time may need to be allowed for training, because infection control precautions may slow the pace of the class. Make sure trainers are not asked to rush through the class.
- No one, including the trainer, should participate in an in-person training if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have reason to believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days. Consider an assessment or affirmation by each participant, prior to any interaction with others, at the beginning of each training day. A participant who shows symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease during the class should be asked to leave immediately.
- All participants should be clearly informed that, while you will be taking steps to mitigate risk, any in-person gathering presents a risk of infection. They should affirm that they understand and are accepting that risk.
- Provide disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, paper towels, and boxes of tissue in the training room in sufficient quantities for use throughout the training.
- Everyone in the class is expected to use hand sanitizer or hand washing between physical contact with different people.