Supporting Businesses Through COVID-19
We want to reassure customers that all of our training courses are still available online and we are here to support our learners.
We've developed a range of courses and free resources to help our customers stay safe, effective and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Essentials: Infection Prevention & PPE

COVID-19 Essentials: Infection Prevention & PPE Online Course
£20 +VAT

This online training course provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce the spread of infection and illness in non-healthcare workplaces. It explains the fundamentals of infection prevention, the importance of personal hygiene, and how to correctly and safely use different types of PPE. Taking this training will enable you to follow practical steps that help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keeps everyone safe.

This course complies with current workplace-specific guidance on working safely during COVID-19, as released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and the Department for Education. 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.

  • Developed in line with Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, NHS and Public Health England guidance together with healthcare professionals
  • 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 in non-healthcare settings as businesses start to reopen, or those who have continued to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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:

  • Office workers
  • Shop workers
  • School staff
  • Restaurant and hospitality staff

This course is suitable for staff of all levels, including employees, supervisors and managers.

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.


Certification

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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.

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

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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If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!

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Course Content

The course is divided into six accessible, interactive modules and also includes an assessment at the end:

Module Description
1 Introduction to Infection Prevention and PPE Essentials Infection, why is infection prevention and control necessary?, what is COVID-19?, how is COVID-19 transmitted?, the chain of infection, legislation, the COSHH Regulations 2002, Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013, government guidance for COVID-19, employer duties, employee duties.
2 Methods of Infection Prevention and Control Risk assessment, preventing exposure to microorganisms, meetings, self-isolation, shielding, NHS Test and Trace, waste disposal, further hygiene tips, first aid during COVID-19.
3 Effective Cleaning for Infection Prevention and Control Cleaning activities, cleaning during COVID-19, cleaning after a suspected case of COVID-19, clean-up kit.
4 Personal Hygiene What is personal hygiene?, the importance of personal hygiene for infection control and prevention, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene, handwashing procedure, when should hands be washed?, advice for commuting, workplace-specific guidance, workplace hand washing facilities.
5 Correct Use of PPE: Part 1 What is PPE and why is it important?, steps to take before putting on PPE, how to correctly use face coverings and masks, how to correctly use gloves.
6 Correct Use of PPE: Part 2 How to correctly use visors, how to correctly use aprons, how to correctly use hair nets, when might PPE be worn?, wearing multiple items of PPE, how to safely dispose of PPE, what are the limitations to PPE?, COVID-19 and workplaces.

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Aims of the Course

By the end of this course, learners will:

  • Know what COVID-19 is and what is meant by the chain of infection.
  • Recognise what measures employers may enforce in the workplace to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19 and what actions employees are required to take to help limit the transmission of COVID-19.
  • Understand how to correctly clean their work environment and equipment to stop the spread of viruses, bacteria and other infections.
  • Know the correct handwashing and sanitising techniques to ensure good hand hygiene.
  • Understand how to correctly put on and take off PPE, when they might be required to wear it, and the requirements for changing, cleaning and disposing of it safely.

Assessment

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.