Pandemic Awareness Online Training

This Pandemic Awareness Online Training course covers:

  • What a pandemic is and its causes and effects.
  • How individuals and organisations can work together to prevent the spread of diseases during a pandemic.
  • How people can take care of their mental health during a pandemic.

Fully customisable by you, at no extra cost.

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Course Introduction

A widespread outbreak of an infectious disease can cause serious illness and death, disrupting many areas of our lives. Alongside the physical health impacts, it can affect us socially, financially and mentally. And the consequences for public health, employment and economic development can last for many years.

Everyone plays a key role in protecting themselves and others during an outbreak. Knowing what to do can help limit the disease’s spread, save lives, and minimise the pressure on health and other public services.

This Pandemic Awareness Online Training course takes on average 35 minutes to complete.

Course Content

A pandemic is defined as a disease outbreak that spreads throughout the world. Pandemics are caused by infectious diseases that transmit easily and quickly, causing ill health and death, as well as many wider effects on individuals, communities, organisations and societies.

The Pandemic Awareness course explains terms such as endemic, epidemic and pandemic, which describe the state of a disease outbreak. It also highlights some well known pandemics in history and the negative impact they have had. As our knowledge of infectious diseases and pandemics grow, it is important to recognise facts from myths. The course provides up-to-date information and debunks some common myths.

There are many ways that infectious diseases can spread. But this course focuses on how to prevent the spread of contagious diseases that transmit from person to person through respiratory droplets, such as Covid-19 and influenza. Diseases that have different methods of transmission are mentioned, but are not the main focus.

The course sets out what individuals can do to prevent the spread of a disease, for example, practising good respiratory hygiene, washing hands regularly, maintaining social distancing and wearing a face covering.

One of the biggest lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the need to to consider mental health and wellbeing. The course provides tips to help you take care of your own and others’ mental health, and advice on how to get support if you or someone else is struggling.

The course informs employees about the organisational control measures they can expect to see in their workplaces during a pandemic, for example:

  • arrangements to maintain social distancing
  • face coverings or PPE requirements
  • robust cleaning and disinfecting routines
  • provision of more waste bins, tissues, soap, hand sanitisers and cleaning supplies
  • regular communication with staff about health, safety and wellbeing concerns

There is information about how employees should respond if they develop symptoms of, or suspect they might have been exposed to, the disease while at work or at home.

Like all EssentialSkillz courses, our Pandemic Awareness course can be customised to meet your needs, enabling your workforce to understand the specific policies and procedures developed for your organisation. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation, all at no extra cost.

Key features

All our courses provide technically accurate training which keeps your organisation in line with best practice. We include the latest techniques in learning which ensure learners are engaged throughout. Our courses are also:

Fully customisable by you

Add your own scripts, images, videos, presentations and interactions – with no coding experience required. Use our suite of templates to make our courses your own, delivering highly relevant training to your organisation at no extra cost.

White label branding

We can brand our training with your unique corporate identity to make your users feel right at home throughout the training journey.

Integrate with your LMS

You can deploy this course using our compliance platform. Alternatively, you can deliver this course, with all its key features, directly from your third-party LMS.


Our Pandemic Awareness course can integrate with JAWS ® a widely available text-to-speech integration to help visually impaired users engage with the same, unabridged and high-quality compliance training as their colleagues.


On successful completion, learners receive a personalised certificate which includes the learner’s name, score and date of completion. Certificates can be viewed, downloaded and printed off at any time to serve as a record of compliance.


Our Pandemic Awareness Online Training course is CPD and IIRSM certified. This ensures that our courses adhere to the highest standard of training and will provide a practical and meaningful learning experience to our customers.

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Why is this course important?

  • Employers have a legal obligation to protect the health, safety and welfare of all of their employees and any people who might be affected by the organisation’s work.

Add your own questions

Create your own question and answer bank to test your users on the key information that they need to know to be fully compliant. Set core questions to appear in the test section that users are required to pass so that crucial learning points are reinforced.

Randomise test questions

Generate 10 random questions from a bank of 20 to test your user’s retention and understanding of key content.

Set the pass mark

As training administrator, you can configure the passing score that users need to complete the course. Set your own grade boundaries to ensure your training complies with the standards set out by your organisation.

Who should take this course?

The course is suitable for anyone in any organisation to help prevent the spread of a disease during a pandemic, promote organisational resilience and ensure business continuity.

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