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EMSC Assessments Covid-19 Policy

For assessments taking placing during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is essential that all current government restrictions and guidance are observed – this includes the social distancing requirement.

Assessments may take place providing the criteria below are followed. Assessments may be cancelled at short notice due to changes in government restrictions, guidance or local circumstances.

Site Specific Risk Assessment (SSRA)

All candidates will be asked to sign a declaration (as part of the SSRA) to confirm that they have not interacted with anyone who has gone on to show symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 14 days, and that they have not had any symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 48 hours. This also applies to assessors.

Symptoms of Covid-19 are as follows:

  • Cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss of taste and or smell

It is expected the assessor will explain the measures to be taken to control the risk of spreading the virus and what is expected of all candidates during the assessment.

Please ensure that Site Specific Risk Assessments contain all relevant information regarding Covid-19. It is acceptable for assessors to signpost to this policy and attach a copy of the policy to the SSRA.

PPE & Hygiene

Handwashing facilities or hand sanitiser will be available throughout the assessment Candidates should be encouraged to clean/wash their hands regularly.

The candidate must provide all their own PPE for the assessment and also any additional PPE or equipment (if required) e.g. face covering, pen, stop watch, tape measure etc. None of this should be shared with any other candidates.

It is expected that candidates should not arrive before their designated time slot to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Assessment sites

For computer based assessments (Evolve) suitable spacing between candidates should be available and the computer/laptop will be disinfected between candidates.

For practical assessments it is expected that these take place in a suitable outside area and away from other site users.


In the case of shared equipment (e.g. large machinery), control panels and surfaces must be disinfected between each candidate. The assessor should not enter a cab or vehicle at any time during the assessment, but they must be confident that they can communicate and give clear instructions if required.


Candidates must bring their own manual/label/calibration worksheet etc.  All assessment paperwork (except the SSRA – see above) must be completed at the end of the assessment. It is expected that the candidate and the assessor should wear gloves at this point and try to reduce contact with the paperwork. Alternatively, hands should be washed before and after handling the paperwork.  This should be placed straight into an envelope at the end of the assessment, ready to be sent to the assessment centre.

The assessor will retain the right to terminate an assessment if it is felt that social distancing or other safe practice is not being maintained at all times.

At all times the overriding principle is to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19.


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