Special Bulletin - Important information for RTOs - First Aid training during the COVID-19 pandemic

Special Bulletin - Important information for RTOs - First Aid training during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Important information for RTOs - First Aid training during the COVID-19 pandemic
 
The following information issued by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) supersedes previous advice issued by the First Aid Industry Reference Committee and circulated through the TAC Special Bulletin (dated 27 March 2020) on First Aid training delivery.
 
First Aid training during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has issued important information for RTOs regarding First Aid training delivery applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • RTOs seeking to continue delivering first aid should undertake a risk assessment to consider whether the training is urgent and essential in the context of current social distancing and societal restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Where training is essential, RTOs must undertake the necessary adjustments as outlined in the general advice regarding the delivery of face-to-face training below.
  • Where training is essential and must continue, given the high risk of transmission of COVID-19 through bodily fluids such as saliva, RTOs must provide a “reasonable adjustment” to all students when teaching and assessing the performance of ventilations on a manikin.
  • This means that for the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, RTOs must not allow students to breathe directly into a manikin. This will help minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
  • Instead, students are to be assessed performing breaths to the side of the manikin.
  • Assessors are to use their professional judgement in assessing competence of students’ capacity to perform CPR under these new circumstances.
  • RTOs must still assess students against all other aspects of CPR as per the unit of competency requirements set out in the HLT Training Package. All other Assessment Requirements, including the Assessment Conditions, must also be met
This advice is to apply for the period of the COVD-19 pandemic only. Further advice will be provided once it is assessed that it is safe for First Aid training to resume as normal.
 
Please download the full AISC Statement, which includes the general advice referred to above regarding delivery of face-to-face training, advice from Safe Work Australia and advice on meeting other industry regulatory requirements.
 
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