Circa 1932-Lunch Atop a Skyscraper
1905 Shipbuilding Welder
Circa 1910-Log Pond
Cotton Mill 1909 Courtesy of Smithsonian
Circa 1920-Dipper

COVID 19 UPDATE

Humboldt County DHHS has allowed certain businesses to re-open with very clear caveats.  While essential services have continued, as of May 8th some retail stores can reopen, but must mask employees, provide for decontamination of surfaces and only curbside pick up.  The mask Order remains in place.  Masks must be worn when outside the home; 1) When social distancing of 6 feet cannot be done; 2) When entering a building (other than your own home), and we must still remain 6 feet apart.

What does this mean for training with NCSC?  Training that supports essential services, in particular healthcare providers, was exempted from the Order with compliance with CDC, DHHS and AHA guidance.   NCSC will now be web streaming all but CPR and First Aid classes, and will gradually phase in training center-based classes that will be web-streamed for those who cannot attend in person.  We are slowly phasing in CPR and First Aid classes, but with the above-referenced protocols, that will currently include:

  • All students wear masks
  • NCSC will provide breaks during class for the purpose of removing masks outside

  • Social distancing of 6 feet

    • We are fortunate that our new site can easily accommodate a class with distancing between students and manikins.

  • Metering and hand sanitzing as students enter the building (to maintain social distancing)

  • Equipment and class materials will not be shared

  • Frequent hand washing and/or sanitizing will be encouraged.

  • Some, more interactive portions of class will be modified to accommodate social distancing.

  • Gloves will be provided in class, as well as individual, sterilized pocket masks and practice valves as PPE to further protect students.

Students will be instructed on proper use of masks and gloves as part of training and appropriate cough etiquette.

We will continue to be here for your regulatory questions, safe work practice questions, and any program, plan or policy development you will need.  While many of you may be doing your spring cleaning at home, this is an excellent time to do some spring cleaning with safety programs, procedures and training.  At this time, we all are beginning to see how connected and dependent on eachother we all are.  We will come through this together - Be well, be safe!

TRAINING COURSES & COVID 19

During this time of concern with the spread of coronavirus (COVID 19), NCSC will continue to provide its regular courses.  However, we are adhering to new American Heart Association guidance as well as both state and local DHHS (Department of Health & Human Services) guidance on keeping all students safe and healthy during the current coronavirus illness. 

The State and Humboldt County have issued guidance to cancel gatherings of 250 people or more, and for smaller gatherings to maintain social distancing.  For individuals at high risk (the elderly or infirm) the recommendation is for these individuals to meet in groups of 10 or less.  Number one, we ask all students not to attend courses when ill, under any circumstances.  And, although, NCSC and the courses we provide, which are mandated through State regulations, are excluded from this guidance, we will be implementing the precautions laid out by State, County and the AHA.  In our new and larger home, with restricted class sizes, we are able to utilize social distancing, as recommended by AHA, DHHS and WHO, by arranging seating to keep all students 3-6 feet apart.  Additionally, precautions are being taken for CPR courses when working with manikins, including the use of pocket masks with individual valves in lieu of faceshields to prevent any spread of the virus.  The use of gloves will also be further enforced during class, as well as liberal use of hand sanitizer.  As the American Heart Association has stated, you can stay safe and save a life.

NCSC will continue to update its classroom procedures as information is received from DHHS.  Please feel free to contact our office with any questions on these precautions.