COVID-19 & OML Courses

Last Updated: 17/Mar/2022

What is the current situation?

OML has revised confirmation arrangements for Courses. Where OML confirms a Course, it is COVID-CONFIRMED subject to subsequent guidance from the relevant authorities about COVID-19 Pandemic measures to be implemented.  OML continues to advise caution in making any non-refundable travel and/or accommodation arrangements in relation to attending our Courses.

OML will try to give you at least 4 weeks warning of any confirmations or cancellations - and will also advise any changes in policy or practice as they are required.

What is OML's position?

OML recognises that COVID 19 has wtreaked havoc on communities. At OML, we feel a profound sense of social responsibility, particularly for those who are vulnerable in our community - those with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, the young, and our healthcare workers. We understand and accept the importance of taking all reasonable steps to ensure our hospitals and healthcare workers can keep up with, and cope with, the pressure that they have been under. Accordingly, since the start of the Pandemic, OML has successfully implemented COVID-19 Procedures for our Courses without incident.

What actions might OML consider prior to a Course commencing?

For the purposes of this process, a Person will be taken to include:

  • Members of the Course Facilitation Team
  • Students, and
  • OM2 Volunteers.

In consultation with the Lead Course Facilitator and the Venue Manager, the Managing Director may consider the following actions:

  • Deferring or cancelling a training course
  • Moving a training course to a different venue
  • Changing the make-up of the Course Facilitation Team
  • Respectfully directing a Person not to attend a particular Course.

We ask that all Persons exercise responsible and prudent personal judgment, and take personal responsibility for their health and infection control. We ask that you do not attend Courses:

  • If you are feeling unwell
  • If you have been tested, and are currently positive, for COVID-19
  • If you have suppressed immunity and are therefore at a higher risk of infection
  • If you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus in the last 14 days of the commencement of the Course.

Prior to your attendance at an OML Training Course, you will be required to complete and sign a short questionnaire covering the above.

What happens if you have paid for a Course that is cancelled or that you are now unable to attend?

OML will gladly transfer course fee payments to a future Course should a Course be cancelled or should a prospective Student make, or be forced to make, a decision not to attend. OML will refund any payments you have made in full if that is your choice.  All you need to do is indicate by email that is what you wish to do, and provide your bank BSB and account name and number.

What actions might OML consider once a Course has commenced?

The Lead Course Facilitator is responsible for:

  • Daily recording of the temperatures of each person attending the Course
  • Making available face-masks, bacterial wipes, hand-sanitising options, and tissues
  • Clearly communicating the importance of complying with the COVID-19 Procedures to all Persons
  • Actively encouraging all Persons to comply with the COVID-19 Procedures
  • Resolving any related issues that arise by deferring to the safest reasonable solution.

All Persons are required to:

  • Comply with the COVID-19 Procedures
  • Actively encourage others to comply with the COVID-19 Procedures
  • Respectfully follow the directions of the Lead Course Facilitator.

The Course Facilitator is empowered to consider respectfully:

  • Directing a Person to leave a Course due to concerning symptomatic indications
  • Directing a Person to adopt more rigorous hygiene protection procedures - eg, changing coughing & sneezing behaviours, wearing a face-mask, hand-washing more regularly, and/or using and effectively disposing of tissues
  • Directing a Person who refuses to comply with more rigorous hygiene protection procedures to leave a Course
  • Taking whatever other reasonable responsible and prudent actions are deemed appropriate.

What guidance are we taking?

In implementing the procedures above, OML will continue to be guided by the information and directions progressively provided by local health authorities, and our broader workplace health & safety obligations.

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