IFAP Training arrangements and procedures for dealing with COVID-19
The COVID-19 Infection landscape is changing rapidly and both State and Federal Governments are making daily recommendations for procedures to deal with COVID-19.
IFAP has focused on implementing our Business Continuity procedures, involving significant planning and prevention to ensure our Participants, staff and their families’ health and well-being remains of paramount importance.
IFAP is confident in continuing to deliver essential training services through to certification and is following special operational arrangements for both the North Lake and our Offshore Maritime Training Centre (OMTC) training facilities.
We are still providing essential full training services from both training locations.
IFAP is following Government COVID-19 guidelines
IFAP have developed and implemented a very comprehensive personal hygiene and facilities hygiene procedures as communicated on 13 March. For this reason, we have implemented a number of measures to improve the welfare of people on our site.
Pre entry to IFAP Facility precautions.
- Internal and External Signage
- Signage is located on the walkway up to the facility telling all visitors NOT to enter the facility and proceed to the manned desk.
- A manned desk is located outside the facility for declaration form and temperature taking.
- At the desk participants who wish to enter the premises are required to answer the standard COVID-19 questions Medical Declaration form.
- If they answer yes to any question, they are denied entry to our premises, they are asked to phone their employer immediately. They can contact IFAP later and make an alternative time to book their course once they have been medically cleared.
- All participants are asked to fill in a Medical Declaration form before registering for their course and again each day of attendance. The form requires answers to questions on overseas travel and which countries they have recently visited from a list and specific questions about coughs, cold, sneezing etc.
- Participants are asked whether their temperature can be taken with a non invasive infra red thermal thermometer. Any person registering over 37.5 degrees is denied access and asked to leave the premises and return home and to make contact with medical services and their employer.
- All participants MUST use hand sanitiser which is located at the entrance to the facility before entering.
- If participants leave the premises at any time during the day and wish to re-enter they go through the pre-entry procedure again.
- All participants are provided with a pen and will be asked to keep the pen for the duration of their training.
- At the commencement of each class, the Trainer will conduct a “Safety Moment” with the participants, largely based around personal hygiene and correct etiquette when sneezing and coughing.
- Trainers have been briefed to remain vigilant to observe if any participants are acting in a way that would suggest they may be unwell e.g. excessive use of toilet to disguise taking medication or trying to control coughing or sneezing.
- Reduced class sizes.
- Desks have been placed 1.5m to 2m apart in training rooms. The training rooms will have windows and doors open with ambient sunlight to ensure clean fresh air for Participants to breathe.
- Cancellation of IFAP onsite catering as it contained an external risk with multiple suppliers to our prime contractor.
- We are making every effort to ensuring our entire supply chain have the required procedures in place to minimise COVID 19.
- We have increased the frequency of our onsite cleaning during the hours of operation to include all door handles, light switches, computers, keyboards, desktops and door frames with antibacterial spray. This takes place every hour and a register is kept on site.
If individual companies have any other preventative measures they wish IFAP to follow please contact us and we will arrange for those to be implemented during the relevant course or time your staff are onsite.
OPITO and AMSA Urgent Essential Courses
IFAP are aware some clients require essential courses to maintain minimum manning levels under NOPSEMA, AMSA and DMIRS certification for plants, platforms, FSPO’s and specialist production facilities.
We are able to supply those courses on a:
- One on One basis for specific courses using our specialist facilities
2. Specific company only or facility staff only basis.
IFAP is in ongoing contact with the WA State Government and Heath WA concerning the operation of our essential facilities to the LNG and Mining industries. We speak daily with NOPSEMA, AMSA and DMIRS.
At this stage IFAP has been told by Government of no plans to cancel any essential training courses. Of course, however, we are conscious that in this current climate there could be a need for us to act swiftly. Rest assured alternative arrangements have been discussed with Government to secure alternative options when and if necessary.
We understand that this might be stressful and may need extra effort and patience from you – but we think these steps are important to implement. We will notify you directly of any further changes that may impact our ability to support you.
If you have any further questions or queries regarding IFAP Training, do not hesitate to call us on 1300 432 700.
We want you to know that IFAP is committed to ensuring a healthy and safe training environment, we wish you, your family, and your workplace all the best in navigating this challenging time.
At IFAP the health and safety of our participants, staff and visitors is always of the utmost importance to us.In light of this, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation is gaining tremendous momentum and we at IFAP are wanting to continually act in a precautionary manner to mitigate any risk to students, staff and visitors. In an effort to do so, we have implemented measures, to ensure the continued health and safety of our visitors and staff.
These measures are outlined below:
- To prevent potentially infected people attending IFAP centres:
- Trainees and visitors (including suppliers and partners) are required to complete a risk self-assessment either prior to, or on arrival at, any IFAP centre.
- IFAP staff are following the COVID-19 self-reporting and travel guidelines.
- Any person identified at our centres as being at risk of carrying COVID-19 (including flu-like symptoms) will be immediately isolated and provided with appropriate support.
- To prevent potential transmission at an IFAP centre
- We require that all trainees, visitors and staff at IFAP centres follow Department of Health guidance regarding personal hygiene behaviours.
- We have implemented a cleaning rotation policy that will involve door handles to be cleaned hourly.
- Students are asked to use the pen they are given at the beginning of the day and to please not share pens and other equipment with other students.
- We have located hand sanitiser dispensers throughout all centres, and our facility cleaning scope and frequency has been increased for all high-traffic touch points
- We ask students, employees and visitors to wash their hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap or hand sanitiser solution.
- We are introducing social distancing practices wherever possible.
- As always, our rigorous training equipment sanitisation and testing processes continue to prevent the transmission of bacteria or viruses between users.
- We have currently updated the enrolment form and introduced a new form for visitors to complete which helps identify any potential at risk of infection individuals.
- We ask students, employees and visitors to cough and sneeze into their elbow or sleeve.
- To ensure our procedures reflect emerging best practice
- We will continue to monitor Australian Government Department of Health advice.
- We are receiving regular expert advice from our medical advisers.
- We are seeking input from our clients and industry bodies.
Please use the link to find out more information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
We will endeavour to update you if there is any significant changes to our precautionary protocol. We hope to be able to continue to provide all participants with the same training services required as we manage the health risk associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Thank you for your understanding of the current circumstances. Please do not hesitate to contact us via 1300 432 700 should you have any questions or queries regarding our protocol for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Chief Executive Officer