Precautionary Measures against COVID-19 🦠
📅 25 March 2020 | Updated on First Aid and Resuscitation Training
In view of the current COVID-19 situation in Singapore, we are providing this update to let you know that we are taking precautional measures to ensure the business continuity of our training whilst protecting the health and wellbeing of all our employees and participants.
We are closely following information and guidelines released by Ministry of Health on steps we can all take to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
We noted the new measures by the Singapore Government to curb the spread of COVID-19 (dated 25 Mar 2020). Singapore Emergency Responder Academy (SERA) has been preparing for such a situation since January 2020.
Firstly, we take alignment with Committee for Private Education and Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council. At the moment, there are no directives to close any private training schools or institutions.
At SERA, on top of the precautionary measures stated below, the following additional measures are also in place:
- All head and eye bandage to be done on manikin and manikins have to be wiped down after usage.
- Practical training for recovery position will be removed.
SERA Full Time Employees
All employees will exercise our protocols of daily temperature monitoring and good hygiene practices. Any employees exhibiting flu-like symptoms will be advised to seek immediate medical attentions and stay at home until their condition recovers. All employees must also deferred from all non-essential overseas travels. SERA seeks to continue providing same high level of training to you during this challenging period, and we will keep you updated of any changes to our operations as the situation evolves.
Webinar Session as alternative Training Resource
Lastly, we are introducing Webinar Training for all First Aid and Resuscitation Training. Participants can attend the class from home via Zoom and take the assessment the next day in a small group of maximum 6 participants or to a later date.
📅 14 March 2020 | Updated Precautionary Measures
On 14 March 2020, Singapore rolled out additional precautionary measures to curb the virus from spreading. Some of these precautionary measures include the following:
- All ticketed cultural, sports and entertainment events with 250 participants or more are to be defrred or cancelled.
- Maintain one metre distance between one another.
SERA has implemented the following guidelines to ensure safety of the participants:
🏢 Entry to training premises
- Temperature-taking, health and travel declaration will be conducted before the participant is allowed to enter the building premises
- Participants who are feeling unwell or are serving stay home notice or travelled overseas in the past 21 days or have been in close contact with confirmed cases will not be allowed to enter. Participants will be allowed to postpone for their training at no additional cost.
👩🏫 SERA Training Sessions
- Maintain ratio of 1 Trainer to a maximum of 18 participants for First Aid Class.
- *Limit 1 Trainer to a maximum of 30 participants for CPR+AED or BCLS+AED Class and maintain 1 Trainer to 6 participants during practical session.
🧑🏻🏫 SERA Trainers
- Trainers who are on stay home notice or feeling unwell will not be allowed to conduct the training.
- Trainers must also declare their travel history prior to conducting the training.
🧹SERA Training Equipment & Facilities
- Increased frequency in disinfecting the manikins, training equipments and training rooms.
- Utilise bigger training area to ensure adequate ventilation and safety distancing.
- All equipments have to be wiped down before, during and after training.
*This is in alignment with Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council’s guidelines:
TCs should suspend large group training (≥ 50 persons). CPR and AED practical stations should be contained within the same small group (up to 6 learners to 1 instructor) using the same allocated manikin/equipment.
📅 7 February 2020 | Precautionary Measures:
On 07 February 2020, Singapore raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level to Orange from Yellow. DORSCON Orange means that the disease is deemed severe and spreads easily from person to person, but has not spread widely and is being contained.
- Participants and staff are strongly advised to avoid travel to Hubei province in China and defer all non-essential travel to the rest of mainland China
- All clients and staff who have returned from mainland China are to monitor and take their temperature daily.
You should also visit a doctor immediately and declare your travel history if you are feeling unwell. If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose, shortness of breath), you should wear a surgical mask and call the clinic ahead of your visit.
All participants entering 51 Cuppage Road will have their temperatures taken at the main entrance of the building. Please cooperate with the building management team. SERA reserves the right to turn away any participants who refuse to have their temperatures taken, have a fever and/or are displaying respiratory symptoms.
Health & Travel Declaration
All participants will be required to submit a health and travel declaration upon entering of the class. SERA reserves the right to turn away any participants who have recently travelled to China or have close contact with the confirmed cases.
Let’s remain vigilant and take necessary precautionary measures. Thank you for your cooperation. Take care and keep well!