COVID-19 Essentials: Close Contact Working

COVID-19 Essentials: Close Contact Working
£20 +VAT

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.

The government guidance for close contact services is subject to continuing reviews and changes. At the time of the most recent release (30/09/21) this course matches all of the latest updates. We are working hard to keep the course in line with any changes and to use the most recent best practice.

This course has been updated and is legally accurate in line with any guidance changes that have resulted from Brexit legislation - including any revisions to deadlines.

  • Developed in line with Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, NHS and Public Health England guidance together with healthcare professionals
  • Accredited by CPD and Assured by RoSPA
  • 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.

This includes:

  • Hairdressers and barbers
  • Dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Beauty salons and nail bars
  • Spas and tanning studios

This course is suitable for employers and employees, both working in the workplace or seeing clients in their home.

This course is not aimed at those working in high risk settings, including health and social care, dentistry, cleaners and porters, construction and trade workers, etc, as they will need further types of PPE to ensure they can work safely and are protected from the risks in their workplace, including COVID-19. These people would better benefit from our PPE for Healthcare course or our Personal Protective Equipment course. If you do not provide close contact services as part of your role, you should consider taking our COVID-19 Essentials: Infection Prevention & PPE course instead.


CPD Approved
RoSPA Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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Course content

1Introduction to COVID-19 Essentials for Close Contact Working

Who is this course for?, what has changed in COVID-19 guidance?, infection, why is infection prevention and control necessary?, what is COVID-19?, how is COVID-19 transmitted?, the chain of infection, legislation, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013, government guidance for COVID-19, employer duties, and employee duties.

2COVID-19 Risk Management

Risk assessments, managing COVID-19, ventilation, reducing contact, communications and training, personal protective equipment (PPE), and equality and diversity.

3Self-Isolation and Emergency Procedures

Self-isolation requirements, NHS Test and Trace, protecting vulnerable workers, emergencies during COVID-19, and first aid during COVID-19.

4Effective Cleaning for Infection Prevention and Control

Cleaning activities, cleaning during COVID-19, cleaning after a suspected case of COVID-19, clean-up kit, and further considerations before reopening.

5Personal Hygiene

What is personal hygiene?, the importance of personal hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene, handwashing procedure, when should hands be washed?, workplace handwashing facilities, toilets, showers and changing rooms, handling equipment, tools, and other materials, and client personal hygiene.

6Correct Use of PPE

What is PPE and why is it important?, supplying PPE, steps to take before putting on PPE, how to correctly use face masks, how to correctly use face coverings, face covering exemptions and considerations, how to correctly use gloves, how to correctly use eye protection, how to correctly use aprons, wearing multiple items of PPE, when might PPE be worn?, how to safely dispose of PPE, and COVID-19 and workplaces.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Know what COVID-19 is and what is meant by the chain of infection.
  • Recognise what measures employers are advised to take to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Recognise what actions employees should take to help limit the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • Understand what employers should do to help protect any employees or colleagues who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
  • Understand how to correctly clean your work environment and equipment to stop the spread of viruses, bacteria and other infections.
  • Understand how to safely share welfare facilities, such as toilets.
  • Know the correct handwashing and sanitising techniques to ensure good hand hygiene.
  • Understand how to correctly put on and take off PPE, when you might be required to wear it, and the requirements for changing, cleaning and disposing of it safely.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

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