NRC Assessments to Return in October

Posted on 21st August 2020

We are glad to announce that following the successful reopening of the training centre, we will now also be running NRC assessments from the 9th October 2020.  These decisions have been made in line with the latest government and HSE advice and are subject to change.

Our Decision to Re-open

The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill. The need to protect ourselves, our families and our healthcare system has ground the entertainment industry to a halt. We accept the fact that COVID-19 is a real and present, potentially deadly, threat and as such, measures need to be brought in to control this risk.

However, as rigging work continues to be undertaken across the UK, it is as vital as ever that the people involved have the relevant and necessary training to complete their work safely.  For this reason, it is important that we do not delay the reopening of the UK Rigging training centre longer than is necessary, and training recommences as soon as it is safe to do so.

Safer Facilities

We have adjusted the lay out of the training and assessment centre to bring in a one-way system which encourages social distancing and allows trainees to move about in a safer manner.

There is an increased emphasis on hand washing and sanitation. Extra measures have been brought in to ensure that trainees and staff regularly disinfect their hands, as well as regular surface cleaning throughout the whole facility.

We have issued each trainee their own stationary, workbooks, and worksheets so that contact is minimal. The classroom has also been rearranged to allow maximum social distancing between trainees.

Screening Trainees

 We will be screening trainees to look out for symptoms of, or close contact with the COVID-19 virus. Relevant information will be sent out to each trainee before attending their course or assessment. On arrival they will be asked to sign a self-declaration assuring us that they are not a known risk of transmission. Trainees exhibiting symptoms of the virus will not be allowed to attend the training centre.

Use of Face Coverings and Masks

Although we will do our best to maintain a social distance of at least 2m between trainees/candidates, there are elements of practical work that must be undertaken that will require closer distances, just as they will on a real site.

Where trainees/candidates are performing potentially hazardous activities such as raising a truss structure or walking along beams at height, it is imperative that communication remains loud and clear. For example, it is critical that someone working at height can clearly hear the directions given from an instructor or fellow trainee/candidate should a dangerous situation arise.

According to the latest government guidance, the use of gloves and face coverings should only be used as a last resort. Other measures such as regular thorough hand washing and good ventilation are much more effective in controlling the spread of the virus.

The training centre is very well ventilated and hand washing will be given the utmost priority whilst working in the practical area. For this reason, and the need to communicate clearly, we have decided not to request the wearing of face coverings in the practical area. Any candidate who is attending an assessment is welcome to bring a helmet-compatible visor to protect their face from Covid-19 transmission during the practical scenarios.

On the understanding that working together to build a large structure will require coming into contact with shared surfaces, there will be an emphasis on hand washing on entering/leaving the practical area, and we will be asking trainees to wear surgical gloves during the scenarios that require closer contact.

Working Together for a Safer Future

 We are all looking forward to the return of live events, but part of that process will be learning how to perform the most familiar tasks in new, safer ways. We hope that you will feel as safe as possible during your visit to the training centre, and we will appreciate your patience if things take a little longer than usual.

Although we have tried to mitigate as much of the risk as possible, it is part of the ‘new normal’ that entering any public space carries a certain level of risk of COVID-19 transmission. We have decided to reopen the training centre on the understanding that trainees will be honest, open, and compliant regarding our new measures. If anyone within the premises is seen to be purposefully noncompliant, or puts anyone else in danger, then we reserve the right to ask them to leave.

Further Questions

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be happy to address any concerns you may have or send you a copy of our risk assessment. Please call the office on 01204 391343 or email NRC@ukrigging.net

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

As the coronavirus crisis develops, we are constantly assessing our working practices as the safety of our employees, business partners and visitors is paramount.