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Driving Schools Protocols

Professionals & Health Workers

General Points

  • Place hand sanitizers in visible places such as the trainee’s reception entrance, the entrances to the toilets and the waiting areas.
  • Surfaces, floors, waiting chairs, door handles, and elevator switches should be disinfected frequently (twice a day minimally).
  • Dirt should be removed with soap and water before disinfection.
  • Hand sanitizers should be placed next to multi-user devices, such as photocopiers, automatic teller machines, etc. A guide board should be placed to urge employees to disinfect hands after use.
  • Ensure that toilets and bathrooms are sanitized every two hours with approved disinfectants.
  • Stickers should be placed on floors to ensure social distancing of at least one and a half meters in standing areas such as the reception or waiting area.
  • Prepare no-touch waste bins all over the school and empty them continually.
  • Provide enough amounts of backup masks for trainers and trainees. They should be available at the reception desk. Emphasize the need to use them by everyone at all times.
  • Set a temperature checkpoint for trainees and employees at the start of work and every shift, and prohibit entry of those whose temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius or who have respiratory symptoms.
  • Reorganize the office area and ensure that the recommended physical distance (one and a half meters) is applied between workers, and use partitions wherever possible.
  • Encourage electronic payment at all points of sale within driving schools.
  • Require the operator of the coffee shop inside the school to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the competent authorities, and oblige them to use single-use cups and utensils, and to follow the instructions in “The protocol for restaurants and cafes”.

Points Related to the Workplace or Training Area

  • Prepare training schedules for vehicles to be disinfected after each trainee.
  • All reservations must be done through the customer service phone or the website to avoid trainees attending the school for reservation purposes.
  • Establish the maximum number of people allowed to be in each facility, such as toilets, and waiting rooms.
  • It is not allowed to accompany trainees.
  • Prepare an isolation room to be used when there is a suspected case, if possible.
  • Cover a seat between every two seats in the reception and waiting areas to maintain social distancing.
  • Establish a mechanism to manage the waiting list, prevent trainees from crowding, and activate pre-booking so people can wait in their cars and not in front of the gate.
  • Ensure physical distance guidelines are applied in the prayer room and the mosque inside the school (according to mosque protocols).
  • Encourage employees at the highest risk as per Appendix A to work remotely from home.
  • Notify trainees upon registration about the importance of postponing the training course in case they have chronic diseases as per Appendix A.

Points for Training Classes, Simulations, and Test Rooms

  • The requirements of social distancing must be adhered to in training classes, simulation classes and test rooms, and the capacity should be reduced to ensure this.
  • The classroom door must be kept open to ensure air circulation.
  • Provide dedicated containers in the classroom.
  • Disinfect the computer keyboards before each test.
  • Disinfect the simulator steering wheel, control panel, and signal indicator in the simulation room after each use.
  • Post educational guidelines in each area regarding the necessary measures to be taken by trainees and employees.
  • Avoid sharing personal items (pens, cups, napkins) with others, inside and outside the halls.

Points Regarding Driving Vehicle

  • The trainer must make sure that the parts of the vehicle that are subject to contact are disinfected before training (such as the steering wheel, the interior mirrors, the vehicle’s door handles from the outside and the inside, etc.).
  • In case the trainer notices that the trainee is tired, coughing, or is in a state of lack of focus, she/he must ask the reception staff to re-measure the trainee’s temperature and take the necessary measures.
  • The trainee can drive next to the trainer inside the driving vehicle, only if she/he wears a mask, while reducing the driving time, keep the back windows partially open and operate the air conditioner during training.
  • Trainer and trainee must wear masks during field training.
  • Provide wipes and hand sanitizers inside the vehicle.
  • The number of people in the vehicle should not exceed two (the trainer and trainee only) and avoid touching unnecessary parts inside the vehicle during training process as much as possible.
  • Provide a waste bag inside the vehicle to eliminate any waste.
  • Spread the educational instructions for the necessary measures to be taken before riding the vehicle for field training.

Reporting

  • Take the temperature of all staff and trainees.
  • Inform the concerned authorities about any cases whose temperature exceeds (38 degrees Celsius) form employees or trainees, and isolate the case until referring it to the health care facility.
  • Guards and reception staff ensure that trainees have an appointment and register their names and data immediately.
  • Notify trainees about the school’s condition (whether the appointment is confirmed or rescheduled).
  • Employees and trainees must disclose if they came in contact with an infected or suspected person.
  • Prepare a detailed daily schedule of the trainers’ vehicles and their health status, and report in case of suspicion.
  • Prepare a list of workers who work together and their working shifts, and organize a schedule that achieves social distancing while ensuring that the work proceeds as required.
  • Prepare an isolation room to be used at the headquarters when necessary, for employees to be isolated while communicating with competent authorities.
  • If a case Covid-19 is suspected or confirmed among employees, the “Guide for dealing with suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the workplace” issued by the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control must be followed.
  • Report employees who have a high temperature or respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) and are suspected of having Covid-19. Register their data and contact numbers, and immediately call 937 to obtain directions required for transfer to the hospital.
  • Prepare a list of the employees who work together, their work shifts and dates. It is preferable to establish staff and reduce switching between work shifts.

Awareness

  • Adhere to the health requirements for the school trainers’ residence, and emphasize adhering to the preventive instructions in “The workers’ accommodation guide” issued by the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
  • Raise awareness about Covid-19 in alignment with following guidelines by the Ministry of Health and the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control using social media, text messages, and educational posters.
  • Put up panels at entrances and in common areas, to clarify health and personal hygiene instructions and display updates related to Covid-19 and its prevention.
  • Maintain personal hygiene, the hygiene of personal items, and washing hands and disinfecting them frequently.
  • It is not allowed to use elevators except when necessary.
  • Emphasize the need to wash hands with soap and water frequently for at least 40 seconds each time, or sterilize hands with an approved sterilizer for no less than 20 seconds in the absence of soap and water.
  • Prepare educational awareness programs for male and female employees to educate them on the best coping mechanism.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth before washing hands.

Implementation

  • Adhere to what is issued by the competent authorities regarding changing work hours, suspending activities, or curfew, according to what pertains to each city.
  • Assign a protocol supervisor to ensure established protocols are consistently followed.
  • Conduct mandatory health and safety training on COVID-19 for all staff, including administrators.
  • Require employees to adhere to preventive hygiene practices (use of disinfectants and frequent hand washing).
  • Perform random and scheduled auditing processes to ensure protocol adherence.
  • Provide a helpline available 24/7 and encourage employees to come up with innovative prevention ideas, provide their feedback and questions.
  • Announce new measures and changes to established protocols, and follow the latest updates.
  • Integrate health and personal hygiene topics into mandatory training.
Appendix (1): Groups at higher risk of infection