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All sites where two or more people attend must prepare a COVID-19 Action Plan

As this is an ever-changing environment with regular updates to the current situation please find the most up-to-date information at the HSE Website link – https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/


As we carry out an activity that is necessary for the continued provision to the Telecoms Industry as an Essential Service during this restrictive phase of protecting ourselves and others and RAAST being part of the essential supply chain will be operating to the maximum extent possible.

To ensure that we are all compliant in relation to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 [Part 2, Chapter 1, Section 8] that “Training under this section shall be adapted to take account of new or changed risks to safety, health and welfare at work and shall, as appropriate, be repeated periodically” this is why we are proceeding with Climbing & Rescue Training for the time being.


COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. They can be like the symptoms of cold and flu.

For people who get infected with coronavirus: 80% will have mild illness and make a full recovery within a few weeks 14% will have a more severe illness 6% will have a critical illness.

We have developed a thorough COVID-19 specific Risk Assessment that companies and the attendees MUST read in advance of attending our training facilities.

Each attendee MUST then sign the last page (SELF-DECLARATION & GUIDANCE FORM), and then email to the training co-ordinator in advance of the training.


Follow HSE Ireland information at the link below which will also have links to the WHO website for best practice – https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-limited-social-interaction.html

  • Brief personnel with updates on COVID-19. Provide appropriate instruction on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and use (putting on, taking off and disposal) of personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be allocated to each individual as well as their own hand hygiene supplies for the duration of the training session.
  • All personnel to perform frequent hand hygiene protocols, follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette precautions while in the facility, especially common areas.
  • Throw away tissues to a waste bin and then wash hands immediately.
  • Everyone will also be allocated their own work area which will be clearly marked with demarcation lines on the ground ensuring trainees always maintain a minimum of 2m physical distancing from each other as well as the trainers.
  • Any reusable Fall Protection Equipment (FPE) to be properly cleaned, decontaminated, and maintained before, after and between uses.
  • All common areas (on site toilet) to be properly cleaned, decontaminated, and maintained before, after and between uses.
  • Ensure that appropriate handwashing facilities and hand-hygiene supplies are available.
  • Stock the sink area with suitable supplies for handwashing, and with alcohol-based hand rub, near the room door.
  • Ensure adequate room ventilation.
  • Only one person will be allowed inside the training centre at one time to go to the toilet.
  • Post appropriate signs as recommended and provided by the HSE indicating social responsibility is essential for ALL our health.
  • For the climbing element of training only one trainee will be on the training tower at any one time ensuring maximum physical distancing is maintained always.
  • For the rescue element of training the use of a Training Mannequin will be implemented which will eliminate person-to-person contact while still ensuring the trainee gets to perform this integral part of the training.
  • The Training Mannequin will be cleaned, decontaminated, and maintained before, after and between uses.
  • Trainees will be required to eat in their vans at breaktimes.
  • No spitting at any time while at the RAAST facilities.