Student Bubble Procedure

Student Bubble Procedure

The COVID-19 emergency requires all of us to work together in the national interest to protect the health and safety of everyone, jobs and our maritime economy. UKSA take safety of our teams, students and customers seriously. COVID-19 pandemic is potentially life threatening, we have therefore put social distancing measures in place in accordance with COVID-19 government guidelines and requirements. UKSA will continue to follow government guidelines regarding COVID-19 prevention. As a result; this policy may be subject to change at short notice. Updates will communicated  by UKSA to students via email and/or website. It is everyones responsibility to abide by this policy as well as related Procedures/Risk Assessments. Failure to do will be taken seriously and  may lead to disciplinary action.

1. Introduction

1.1 This procedure applies to all education, leisure and maritime training students during Covid-19 pandemic.

1.2 The aim of the procedure is:

1.2.1 To ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff

1.2.2 To minimize the risk and spread of Covid-19 at UKSA

1.2.3 To ensure our students can enjoy a maritime learning experience in a safe training environment.

This procedure should be be read in conduction with UKSA Social Distancing for Students Policy QHS-012 and Students Code of Conduct QSG-001.

2. Understanding a working bubble

2.1 A group of learners and UKSA staff consisting of no more than 12 people.

2.2 Each bubble is identified by a single coloured lanyard.

2.3 Each bubble will remain together at all times other than by permission of their UKSA Staff member for the purposes of toilet break or use of shower facility.

2.4 Each member of the bubble will accept a daily temperature check by a member of UKSA staff and will leave the bubble and UKSA site immediately if their temperature is identified as high.

2.5 Everyone working within a bubble must remain at least 1 metre apart at all times (other than when on a yacht) and will not mix with people outside of their bubble.

2.6 Students should avoid sitting face to face with other students within your bubble. Where this is not possible; you should remain 2 metres apart at all times where reasonably possible.

2.7 Each bubble will go direct to their designated classroom or yacht at the beginning of the day.

2.8 Each bubble will adhere to the lunch break protocol as instructed by their UKSA Instructor/Duty Manager.

2.9 All students will be accommodated ashore for the initial 7 days, after this period students will be able to stay onboard a yacht.

2.10 Where there is more than one UKSA staff member they will form a household.

2.11 Staff will follow social distancing at all times when onboard on a yacht.

3. Moving around buildings and worksite

Social Distancing on site is the safe way to minimise the spread of disease whilst at UKSA. Student bubbles will ensure you come into contact with a limited number of people thereby minimising risk to spreading disease. When learning onsite you are required to:

3.1 Stay within your prescribed UKSA Student bubble.

3.2 Avoid face to face contact with others onsite.

3.3 Wash your hands regularly for a minimum of 20 seconds or use santiser from the appointed locations.

3.4 Although not mandatory, UKSA encourages the use of face coverings in communial areas.

3.5 Follow the one way route systems keeping 2 metres apart from others at all times.

3.6 Equipment and tools should not be borrowed or lent to anybody outside of your bubble.

3.7 Use telephone, WhatsApp and/or video conferencing to talk to UKSA staff from other departments.

3.8 Face to face meetings should avoided and only held outside in the fresh air if deemed essential.

3.9 You should avoid entering other rooms/offices outside of your own working space.