As we plan for re-opening, there is alot of new information to absorb. To help, I’ve compiled resources and practices pertaining to first aid procedures during covid-19.
First Aid Classes will not begin yet, but your cert will not expire
Red Cross first aid certifications (which would have expired March through June 30, 2020) will be considered valid 90-days beyond their expiry date.
CPR during Covid-19
Worksafe BC’s update for occupational first aid attendants
A brief overview:
– Is anyone sick or in self-isolation in your household?
– Have you been in contact with anyone who has been sick?
More on PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
The following details on PPE best practices is taken from the document provided by Go2HR in claboration with Worksafe BC. This document outlines essential protocol that tourism and hospitality businesses should adop as they restart or ramp up operations post the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow this link for the full article.
2.5.2 Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is specialized clothing or equipment worn by an employee for protection against infectious materials. It should serve as a last resort that should not replace any other risk control and infection control measures. However, sufficient stock of PPE should be kept to ensure its provision to protect employees from exposure to infectious agents in the workplace. The common PPE used includes:
Surgical mask Wear a surgical mask to protect mucous membranes of the nose and mouth during procedures that are likely to cause exposure to blood or body fluids (for example, in case of handling or segregating heavily soiled linen sheets or laundering items of hotel guests).
Particulate respirator Use a particulate respirator (e.g., N95 respirator) for first aid attendants, or for maintenance work on ventilation systems etc.
Gloves Wear disposable gloves when touching blood, body fluids, mucous membrane or contaminated items. Remove gloves promptly after use and perform hand hygiene immediately. Gloves do not replace hand hygiene.
Gown or apron Wear gown or apron to protect skin or trunk and to prevent soiling of clothing during procedures that are likely to generate splashes or sprays of blood, body fluids, secretions, or excretions. Wear a coverall for conducting high pressure water spraying during ventilation system maintenance or when substantial whole-body contamination is anticipated. Remove soiled gown as promptly as possible and perform hand hygiene to avoid transfer of microorganisms to other people or environments.
Goggles / Face shield Wear a goggles / face shield to protect the mucous membrane of the eyes when carrying out procedure that are likely to generate splashes or sprays of blood or body fluids of the guests (e.g., handling of heavily soiled linen sheets or cleaning, changing dust filters of the ventilation system, or for first aid attendants). Wear goggles / face shield when conducting high pressure water spraying for ventilation system maintenance. Ordinary spectacles do not provide adequate protection. Goggles / face shield should be changed after procedure or whenever contaminated. Reusable goggles / face shield should be washed and decontaminated in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
Hope you find some of these recourses useful. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any first aid related questions.
– Emre Bosut