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Covid-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation, and Recovery Plan

As of March 12, 2022, RMT will be lifting our PPE requirements in the classroom. This comes following Washington State’s mask mandate change to no longer being required for indoor spaces. We continue to work to ensure our classroom is a safe and inclusive space for all learners. 

We have also updated our COVID 19 policy which is included below. Please note, proof of vaccination is still required for all EMT students. Additionally, pre-arrival testing is still required for all residential courses with the update that we now will accept Rapid Antigen tests. 

 

RMT's Covid-19 Policy and Procedures

Exposure Control, Mitigation, and Recovery Plan  

This document will be a guide for Remote Medical Training when moving through the phased approach of reopening, as set forth by the State of Washington's reopening plan.

COVID-19 Safety Training  

Review of this document will occur prior to the first day for individuals who are returning to work or a training event. Applicable updates will take place thereafter to explain the protective measures in place for all workers and students. 

We will meet annually or as necessary to determine the need for additional updates or emergent changes to the policy 

Workplace Safety and Health Complaints  

  • Complaints may be submitted to the L&I Call Center: (1-800-423-7233) or via e- mail to adag235@lni.wa.gov.  
  • General questions about how to comply with COVID-19 safety practices can be submitted to the state’s Business Response Center at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/2562f1caf5814c46a6bf163762263aa5.  

Additional Important References

  • L&I Info: https://www.lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/novel-coronavirus-outbreak-covid-19resources DOH: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus 

Classroom Operations Phased Guidelines

Phase 1: Remote Medical Training will adjust our operations to follow the operational guidelines during this phase and all students and staff will maintain the following standards and behaviors:

  • Prior to entering an RMT facility or course, the following vital signs will be monitored on site before entering a building or engaging with other students or coworkers. 
  1. Temperature
  2. Evaluation of any common symptoms outlined by the CDC associated with the illness.
  • When two or more persons gather at an RMT facility or training event, six feet of separation will be maintained as much as possible and they will wear level two PPE unless they are within six feet of each other, at which time they will wear level one PPE.  
  • Gatherings—other than organized training events—of any size are not permitted at any time during an onsite training event.  
  • Each piece of equipment will be decontaminated before and after each use. Necessary cleaning equipment for decontamination following CDC guidelines will be provided.  
  • To manage “choke points” and “high-risk areas,” RMT will have students and employees come into the building one at a time wearing level two PPE. 
  • Any training event conducted inside requires: 
    1. That the classroom size will be adequate enough to seat the required number of students no closer than six feet apart as much as possible. When indoors, students and instructors will wear level two PPE when possible.  
    2. Easy access to the outdoors without having to walk down halls or pass other individuals not associated with the training event. 
    3. That students can maintain a distance of six feet while entering or exiting the building. 

    Phase 2: Remote Medical Training will adjust our operations to adhere to the following operational guidelines during this phase. All students and staff will maintain the following standards and behaviors:

    • Prior to coming to work or attending a class, the following vital signs will be self-monitored by employees or students.  
    1. Temperature. 
    2. Any common symptoms outlined by the CDC associated with the illness.  
  • When two or more persons gather at an RMT facility or training event, three feet of separation will be maintained as much as possible and individuals will wear level two PPE unless they are within three feet of each other at which time they will wear level one PPE.  
  • Gatherings of more than five individuals, other than organized training events, of any size are not permitted at any time during an onsite training event.  
  • All equipment will be decontaminated before and after use. Necessary cleaning equipment for decontamination following CDC guidelines will be provided.  
  • To manage “choke points” and “high-risk areas”, RMT will have students and employees come into the building one at a time wearing level two PPE. 
  • Any training event that will be conducted inside requires:   
    1. That the classroom size will be adequate to seat the required number of students no closer than three feet apart as much as possible. When indoors, students and instructors will wear level two PPE when possible.  
    2. Easy access to the outdoors without having to walk down halls or pass other individuals not associated with the training event. 
    3. Students can maintain a distance of three feet while entering or exiting the building. 

    Phase 3: Remote Medical Training will adjust our operations to follow the following operational guidelines during this phase. All students and staff will maintain the following standards and behaviors:

    • Prior to coming to work or attending a class the following vital signs will be encouraged to be self-monitored by employees or students.  
    1. Temperature.
    2. Any common symptoms outlined by the CDC associated with the illness.
  • All equipment will be decontaminated before and after use. Necessary cleaning equipment for decontamination following CDC guidelines will be provided.  
  • Any training event that will be conducted inside requires;  
    1. That the classroom size will be adequate enough to seat the required number of students no closer than three feet apart as much as possible. When indoors, students and instructors will wear level two PPE when possible.  
    2. Easy access to the outdoors without having to walk down halls or pass other individuals not associated with the training event. 
    3. Students can maintain a distance of three feet while entering or exiting the building unless vaccinated, at which time we will encourage them to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC for vaccinated individuals. 

     Definitions 

    • Level 1 PPE will include face coverings (surgical mask or 2 ply cloth), eye protection (either safety glasses or face shield) and gloves. 
    • Level 2 PPE will include face coverings.  
    • Social distancing: Students and employees will maintain a safe distance of three feet or farther at all times. They will not share common areas like kitchens, break rooms or conference rooms unless utilizing level 1 PPE.  

    ProceduresDetermining what needs to be cleaned  

    • Some surfaces only need to be cleaned with soap and water. For example, surfaces and objects that are not frequently touched should be cleaned and do not require additional disinfection.  
    • Outdoor surfaces, other than entryway door knobs, do not generally need to be cleaned.  
    • If the surface has not been utilized or accessed for seven days and does not appear soiled, it does not need to be re-cleaned to be utilized. 

    Cleaning & Disinfection Procedure: Frequently touched surfaces and objects like light switches and door knobs will need to be cleaned and then disinfected to further reduce the risk of germs on surfaces and objects. 

    • First, clean the surface or object with soap and water. 
    • Then, disinfect using an EPA-approved disinfectant.  
    • If an EPA-approved disinfectant is unavailable, you can use 1/3 cup of bleach added to one gallon of water, or 70% isopropyl alcohol solutions to disinfect. Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together. 

    Written Notice to Employees & Government Officials 

    A written notice to employees and government officials will be posted for all programs; this will outline the current phase, work and instructional programs that will be performed at that location, as well as a signed commitment to adhere to the requirements listed in this document.  


    COVID-19 Supervisor 

    Remote Medical Training’s COVID-19 Supervisor will be our Training Program Director and will be designated to monitor the health of employees and students and enforce the COVID-19 location safety plan while courses are being instructed. Our onsite Health Safety Officer will be the lead instructor assigned to the course. The plan will adjust weekly to whatever phase the State of Washington is currently operating under. 



    COVID-19 Testing Requirements 

     

    This is for all RMT personnel and students.

    Pre-course Arrival Testing

  • All residential courses will require a PCR test within 72 hours of arriving on campus or a rapid antigen test 24 hours prior to arriving to the campus.
      • Any additional testing requirements are only for those who develop symptoms consistent or possibly related to Covid-19 and have been directed by the RMT Covid-19 supervisor.
  • No student or personnel with possible Covid-19 symptoms should present to a course without first discussing by phone with the RMT COVID-19 supervisor. This includes individuals who have received a negative test but are still symptomatic. 

  • Frequency of Testing for Unvaccinated Students and Personnel

  • Testing is required one (1) time per week for personnel and students who work outside of healthcare settings.
  • Testing is required two (2) times per week for personnel and students who work in healthcare settings. Tests must be spaced so they are taken three days apart or more. Individuals may select the days each week to get tested. However, tests must be spaced to be taken every three (3) days or more apart. For those required to test two times per week, example days for weekly testing are Monday and Thursday, Tuesday and Friday, or Wednesday and Saturday. 
  • Testing participants do not need to stay home while awaiting test results, unless they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Test Requirements

    A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is required to be taken unless an individual does not have access to a PCR test. See below for more information. Tests are required to meet the below criteria to be accepted:

  • PCR test: The test result must be from an FDA/EUA-approved COVID-19 viral PCR test or other Molecular (Nucleic Acid Amplification Test [NAAT]) test. Nasopharyngeal swabs, nasal swabs or saliva PCR tests are acceptable.
  • Antigen tests (e.g., rapid tests) are only accepted if an individual does not have access to a PCR test. If approved, the test kit must be an FDA-EUA/approved COVID 19 rapid antigen test.  Individuals in healthcare settings are not approved to use antigen testing. 


  • Vaccine Requirements

    For Washington State EMT students and RMT Instructors

    Covid-19 Vaccination Protocols as of January 14, 2021

    • Routine COVID-19 testing is required for personnel and students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This will help to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and broader community.  
    • “Fully vaccinated” applies to those who have completed either the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine series in the last six months or have had a booster within the last six months, in addition to originally having had the full vaccinations series. *Johnson & Johnson vaccines will not be considered fully vaccinated unless the individual received a booster from a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months or the Pfizer and Moderna full vaccination series in the last six months.

    Exemptions

    Exemptions can apply if an individual provides proof of Covid-19 illness within the last 90 days (following illness), but this should be discussed with the RMT Covid-19 supervisor.  The individuals not subject to this requirement are those who are unvaccinated with valid medical or religious exemptions. 

    • Medical exemptions
      Some people may be at risk for an adverse reaction because of a medical condition or an allergy to one of the vaccine components. This is referred to as a medical exemption. This exemption will require documentation by their personal licensed healthcare provider.
    • Religious exemptions
      Some people may decline vaccination because of a sincerely held religious belief. This is referred to as a religious exemption.

    All other personnel and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment and/or enrollment with a RMT course. Additional information about the requirements and procedures for testing is below.