Joining Instructions

JOINING INSTRUCTION

INTENDED FOR

All persons attending health and safety training at Safer At Work training venue, Winchester, Hampshire.

GWO CERTIFICATION

The GWO training is intended for any persons requiring access or working within a wind turbine infrastructure. It is intended to provide the basic safety training and competency recommended by GWO for all personnel working both onshore and off shore. Certification is awarded by GWO and stored centrally. Candidates will need to register with WINDA. For further details on how to access WINDA please contact Safer At Work. The courses are in support of the candidate’s continual practical development and work experience.

OTHER CERTIFICATION

Safer At Work may deliver other working at height, confined space or first aid training that is not covered by the GWO or other awarding bodies. In this instance a certificate will be awarded by Safer At Work.

INSURANCE

Safer At Work holds both public and professional indemnity, including personal injury insurance for training liabilities.

ASSESSMENT

The trainer will assess safety, competence and aptitude during the whole course. During the course all elements of safety and competence must be passed to meet the required standard and final test. Assessments may be written, verbal or practical and candidates informed of the results accordingly.

ACCESSIBILITY

Safer At Work is committed to a fairness and dignity policy and should candidates have any special learning requirements or mobility issues then this must be discussed prior to booking a course. Safer At Work will endeavor to meet the client’s needs, however where safety is an issue this may not be possible.

APPEALS POLICY

The company holds an appeals policy. If the candidate wishes to appeal a decision this can be achieved following the policy which can be accessed by the candidate. The training manager is the first contact, followed by the company director. If required, the awarding body may act as arbitrators.

ACCOMMODATION

A list of local hotels and bed and breakfast can be sent if required, it is the candidate’s responsibility to source their own accommodation.

Coronavirus COVID-19

On 31 December 2019, Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, which was later classified as a new disease: COVID-19.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses common across the world in animals and humans that can cause illnesses in people e.g. the common cold or more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

SYMPTOMS

  • A high temperature
    • Above 37.8 deg C – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new continuous cough
    • This means coughing a lot for more than an hour or 2 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • Shortness of breath
    • Difficulty in breathing or a painful chest

TREATMENT

  • At present as this is a new virus and there is a lack of immunity in the population, there is no vaccine at present so has the potential to spread extensively.

MITIGATION

Safer At Work has implemented the following steps at its offices and training venues, including onsite or mobile training. It is vital that all training attendees, visitors and staff adhere to the steps in this policy and follow Government and NHS advice to halt the spread of COVID-19.  We have all ready taken steps to reduce the risk;

  • We have deep cleaned our training venue, including all communal areas, chairs, tables, kitchen and toilet facilities. This includes shared training equipment.
  • A stringent policy for employees and visitors, see below
  • Monitoring of all staff and training in hygiene 
  • Increased antibacterial gels and washing facilities 
  • A no hand shake policy
  • Food will no longer be provided on courses. Delegates must bring their own
  • Cancel or rearrange non-essential activity including video-conferences instead of face to face meetings
  • All courses now include an introduction to hygiene and COVID-19 Mitigation.

Step 1 – Assessment

Safer At Work will assess each activity on a case by case. We recognise that for industry to continue essential health and safety related activities, including training that are required. With immediate effect implement the following at its office locations, training venues, (including onsite or mobile training). 

  • If a meeting is booked or required then where possible this should be assessed and change to an online meeting
  • When required, reduce the need to use public transport, public spaces or other areas such as coffee shops, pubs and restaurants.
  • All individuals should be assessed on their ability to attend locations based on their well being, symptoms and recent activity
  • Activities should be assessed and deemed essential to continue. Initial safety training, operational activity and routine maintenance is deemed as essential activity. However, extended projects and non safety critical training may be postponed to reduce risk.

Step 2 – Protection

Safer At Work will implement the following at its Winchester location, with immediate effect;

  • On arrival learners will be asked to thoroughly sanitise their hands with alcohol gel provided
  • We will check and record all learners’ temperatures and exclude anyone exhibiting respiratory COVID-19 symptoms of a continuous cough and temperature >37.8. 
  • Check that no learner is in a situation where they should be self-isolating (family members with symptoms in the last 14 days or from an at risk group). 
  • Attendees will be required to declare on their medical they have no symptoms or should be in isolation

If after carrying out the above steps the attendee shows signs and symptoms or results are positive then the attendee will be instructed to leave the venue and self-isolate.

ON ARRIVAL

  • Each learner will be given an alcohol wipe/gel and asked to thoroughly sanitise their hands. They will be instructed that if they need to cough/sneeze this should be done into a tissue that is disposed of immediately.
  • Failing that they should cough into a bent elbow (better than a bare hand) and NEVER cough/sneeze without covering their mouth/nose.
  • If someone coughs on their hands or uses a tissue they should use alcohol wipes/sanitizer immediately.
  • Learners will be instructed that no one should touch their mouth, nose or eyes unless they have just washed their hands or sanitised.
  • Learners will be shown where hand sanitizer and wash facilities are.
  • All courses now include an introduction to hygiene and COVID-19 Mitigation.

FIRST AID TRAINING – At Safer at Work we have always followed stringent cleaning procedures for training equipment including CPR dummies, mats and other mask or ancillary equipment.

  • Where possible we will appoint each individual their own CPR Dummy and face shield
  • To reassure learners these are the steps that are taken before and after each training;
  • Replaced lungs/airways/valves
  • There is a one way valve in the mannequin to stop air coming back out of its mouth
  • Alcohol/sanitising wipes to be used between learners where applicable
  • Gloves worn during all practical activities
  • Anti-surfactant wipe (e.g. Trionic wipes) after each session (removes any bio-film as well as germ killing) and washing with the manufacturers cleaning solution.

For more information please follow updated Government advice regarding hygiene and self isolation

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no academic or technical pre-requisites for attendance on most courses. If you are attending a course that requires prior achievement or learning you will be informed of this.

ALL COURSES

Candidates will be required to complete a medical statement to ensure they are fit for training; See below. Candidates must be 18 years of age and fluent in English, candidates may be asked to leave a course if they do not understand English for safety reasons. Safer At Work can accept candidates where English is not their first language providing an interpreter is sourced and funded by the client.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

Delegates will be required to self-declare that they are capable and sufficiently fit to undergo the training prior to attendance. Delegates attending a WAH course will complete an assessment of their aptitude for working at height. This will include a ladder climb to a vertical height of 15meters and carrying out a hands free work positioning exercise to demonstrate their confidence in equipment. Candidates attending confined space training must be comfortable working in a restricted space.

Please see our updated policy on Coronovirus-COVID-19 above.

HERE IS A LINK TO THE SELF MEDICAL DECLARATION 

Start Times

Full Day Course

  • 0915-1700hr

Half Day Course (am)

  • 0900-1300hr

Half Day Course (pm)

  • 1300-1700hr

CLOTHING

Please ensure sensible clothing is worn for practical activity including sensible footwear with treads. No loose hoods/ chains or chords. Arms and legs must be covered when using abrasive tools or fire fighting and coveralls will be provided. PPE will be provided for practical activity including eye protection and gloves.

For working at height SAW will provide all necessarily equipment including harness, lanyards, helmets etc.

Shorts may not be worn for any activity.

LOCATION – Winchester

Safer At Work, Unit 1, Renewables House, Moorside Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7RX. Tel: 0330 66 0959

CATERING

Tea and coffee are provided. Please supply your own special dietary milk if required.