Covid-19 Risk Assessment Statement June 25th 2020
At the time of my writing this statement there does not appear to be any proven “herd immunity“ from COVID-19 and currently, there isn’t a vaccine available, nor do we currently have a fully functioning nationwide tracing capacity. Though these are being worked on.
Therefore there is a need for me to have an ongoing assessment of all the risks involved in providing driving lessons.
I will continue to take all the necessary precautions to ensure maximum safety for students and for myself during my driving lessons. However, it’s not possible for me to create a zero-risk environment. However the health and safety of my students is important to me, and so I will ensure that all reasonable measures are put in place so that we can work together in the safest way possible.
My risk assessments is based on the document “Five Steps To Safer Working Together”. This document can be found on the Government Web site. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/vehicles.
It is evident that a student and driving instructor cannot fully adhere to the required one-metre social distancing guidelines. Current government advice, therefore, is as follows “Where the social distancing guidelines cannot be followed in full, in relation to a particular activity, businesses should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the business to operate, and if so, take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission between their staff”.
I will ensure that all suitable measures are in place and are adhered too. Please see my COVID 19-Safety Precautions page, regarding the measures I will take, and the steps my students will be expected to take.
The main symptoms of COVID 19 as described by the government are (but not exclusively) as follows:
1. Having a high temperature.
This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
2. A new, continuous cough.
This means coughing a lot, (for more than an hour), or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
3. A loss of taste or smell.
COVID-19 can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.
If you're at HIGH RISK from coronavirus, you should have received a letter from the NHS advising you to take extra steps to protect yourself. This includes not leaving your home for any reason (shielding). Therefore if you or someone you live with is at high risk DO NOT HAVE DRIVING LESSONS currently.
People who are at HIGH RISK from coronavirus include people who fall into the following categories, those who: Have had an organ transplant, are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer, are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors) have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia lymphoma or myeloma) have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine, have been told by a doctor that you have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD) have a condition that means they have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell) are taking medicine that makes them much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids)were born with a serious heart condition and are pregnant.
If you're at MODERATE RISK from coronavirus, it's very important you follow current Government advice about staying at home to avoid getting coronavirus. Unlike people at high risk, you will not have received a letter from the NHS advising you to stay at home at all times. If you are or someone you live with is at moderate risk and you consider the fact that we cannot keep 2 metres apart during driving lessons is too much of a risk, then please DO NOT HAVE DRIVING LESSONS currently.
People who are at moderate risk from coronavirus include: People who: are 70 or older, are pregnant, have a lung condition that's not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis), have heart disease (such as heart failure) have diabetes, have chronic kidney disease, have liver disease (such as hepatitis) have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy) have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids) or are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above)
During this outbreak, and whilst these measures are necessary, friends or family will not be allowed to attend and observe a lesson. If you're pregnant and worried about coronavirus, there is advice on the Government website. In line with Government guidance, hand washing is the most effective action we can take. Always avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, or eyes especially during a driving lesson. Due to allergens, students will be responsible for providing their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should they choose to use it.
If you cancel a lesson due to a suspicion that you have COVID 19 symptoms, you will not be able to book another lesson for a minimum of 14 days.
I may need to take emergency control during the lesson, this includes assisting with steering or using the gear lever. This immediate danger outweighs the potential risk of infection. Screening or modifications to our training vehicles may affect other safety features, such as airbags make our insurance invalid. Therefore it is not possible to install a screen between myself and my students. If I have to take emergency control, we will stop as soon as it’s safe to do so and the compromised controls will be re-sanitised.
Using my vehicle on the driving test.
It is standard practice to schedule an hour lesson pre-test to allow for a final practice before the test itself. During this outbreak and whilst the measures are in place it is expected that this will continue, however, students will need to be aware that we will need to allow a little extra time on arrival at the test centre to wipe down the examiner's side of the vehicle, including seat and head restraint, seatbelt and its connection, the dashboard area and passenger door contact points.
During current restrictions, it is not permitted for students or instructors to enter the test centre waiting room. Your examiner will have to adhere to all possible social distancing measures prior to and whilst in the vehicle. whilst restrictions are in place will not be allowed to accompany students on the test, and may not be allowed to attend the end of test debrief. Extra time will need to be set aside for me to clean and sanitise my car before driving students home.
I have read and understand the content of this document and understand that Road Light Driver Training cannot create a zero-risk environment. In continuing to attend for lessons, I agree to accept and follow the steps outlined here and in my Safety Precautions Document. This document will continue to be updated in line with the latest government guidelines.
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