03 Feb 2021

Why Businesses Should Consider COVID SMART™ Training & Certification

One of the many frustrations that businesses have had to deal with during the COVID-19 pandemic is the lack of a universal plan or consistent standards for how it should be addressed. While the CDC has issued helpful guidelines for how businesses can increase their employee and customer safety, companies struggle to successfully interpret, implement and enforce these guidelines.

COVID testing and accurate temperature screening kiosks are vital to helping to mitigate risk in the workplace, but they are not foolproof. It’s crucial that all employees receive proper training in using preventative measures and PPE such as masks, gloves, face shields, Plexiglas shields, as well as new touchless technologies and protocols. OSHA and many state governments require that employers train their workforce before resuming operations.

That’s why the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), in partnership with Direct Education Worldwide, has developed COVID SMART™, a training program that enables businesses and their employees to better understand how to prevent the spread of infection in the workplace. We have taken the training and find it informative and efficient. It is comprised of several modules that can be completed in increments or all at once. The entire training program can be completed in under two hours.

Additionally, COVID SMART is the only program that provides proof of training in the form of a time-stamped certificate of completion, as well as signage that businesses can display that lets customers know that this is a safe place to shop. This can be a powerful tool to reassure patrons that, in this time of uncertainty, a business is going the extra mile to protect them.

Why Invest in COVID SMART™ Training?


Businesses have been forced to not only follow state and local restrictions but also to come up with their own health and safety protocols to ensure a safe workplace. Business owners need to spend their time and efforts right now making their stores, restaurants, and offices safe and restoring trust so they can recover from the pandemic. Taking on the critical task of employee training should not be a DIY effort; it is best delegated to the experts.

Trusted – APIC is the world’s leading authority in epidemiology and control of infectious disease, so they know the latest developments in the fight against COVID and can separate fact from fiction. The course is regularly updated to reflect new information.

Tested – COVID SMART™ provides a centralized place for employees to learn best practices and be tested on them to ensure they’re understood. This isn’t possible by simply sending staff a memo or asking them to read an article.

Trackable – It’s vital that businesses can prove their employees have received proper COVID training to reassure customers and once again drive traffic. COVID SMART comes with a fully auditable dashboard that allows businesses to monitor and record the course completion of each employee.

Proper COVID training can help employees feel more empowered, customers feel safer, and businesses recover faster. Don’t overlook this important tool in the fight against COVID.

At DeCurtis, we strive to help businesses keep their employees and patrons safe through innovative, state-of-the-art technology, such as the DeCurtis Shield. To learn more about our health and safety technology we offer that helps businesses mitigate the risk of infection, visit our website or contact us.

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