Please note that in line with published government guidance we are updating our Standard Operating Procedure for Critical Worker Tests to include information about face coverings. The following extract will be included and circulated to our Driving Examiners today at 9:00:
• Face coverings
In addition to the above PPE requirements, examiners may choose to wear their own face covering. Wearing a face covering is optional and is not required by law, including in the workplace.
If you choose to wear one, it is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off. Care must be taken to ensure that any additional items worn do not interfere with the control of the test. Examiners need to be aware that there is the potential for glasses fogging up when worn with a face covering.
Candidates are not required to wear face coverings, tests should still be conducted under these circumstances.
Where a candidate turns up for test wearing a face covering/mask, where necessary examiners should ask the candidate to temporarily remove their face covering/mask so their identity can be confirmed.
Where candidates present for test wearing glasses and a face covering/mask, examiners are to make them aware of the increased possibility of glasses/eye protection fogging up. Where issues arise with this on test, examiners should offer advice and guidance to help resolve the problem. If the issues continue to interfere with the safety of the test the examiner should terminate/stop the test on safety grounds.
Please note the new SOP is effective immediately, thus from now some of your critical worker candidates may arrive for test to find their examiner wearing a face covering, likewise candidates are welcome to wear a face covering. Please note face coverings are not mandatory; as per government guidance they are optional for both examiner and candidate.
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