27 Jul Safely Conducting Training During a Pandemic
Safety One Training has always maintained the value and importance of in-person training. Our classes are very ‘hands-on’ and most teach multiple rescue techniques. How then, does Safety One maintain student and staff safety during a pandemic, without compromising the high quality of in-person training that we have become known for? Let’s take a stroll through the Safety One facility to find out.
Before entering the front door of our facility in Littleton Colorado, you will see posted signage stating that face masks are mandatory in the building. Once in the front door, you will be greeted and have your temperature taken with a non-contact infrared forehead thermometer. If your temperature is 100.4 or higher, you will be asked to leave the building and may not return until after you are symptom-free for at least 24 hours. If your temperature is acceptable, you may head-on into the classroom. Feel free to grab a dollop of the provided hand sanitizer on your way!
When you enter the classroom, you will notice 8 tables that are spaced 6’ apart with a single chair per table. Safety One maintains an 8:1 student to instructor ratio, which ensures small group sizes. In the classroom, you will also notice more hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes available for student use.
After lunch, the class will move into our spacious training facility. You will notice bright green markings on the floor. These indicate standing locations for students, to help keep them at least 6’ from one another. After the instructor covers JSAs and equipment inspections with the class, they will begin climbing the towers, positioning, and performing self-rescues. You will notice that any hardware that is shared between students is disinfected in between each use. When practicing 2-person rescues, a rescue dummy is used as the ‘patient’.
Even after you leave the Safety One class, we are taking precautions behind the scenes. All high-traffic touchpoints are sanitized daily, and the entire facility is professionally cleaned twice per week. All used in-house equipment is cleaned and/or sanitized at the conclusion of each class. For more information on how to properly clean and sanitize your fall protection equipment, please check out our blog from April 1, 2020.
Safety One will operate with these procedures until CDC or Colorado State Government recommendations and mandates change. For more information about how we maintain a safe environment or about any of the classes we offer, please contact us at 800-485-7669 or [email protected]
By: Tamara Hebbert