264 the Principals of Infection Prevention

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264 The Principals of Infection Prevention and Control 1.1 Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to prevention and control of infection As a health and social care worker we have roles and responsibilities in relation to prevent and to control infection. We prevent infection by following infection control procedures and applying standard infection control principles to all situations all of the time. Also by cooperating with our employer in prevent and to control infection. Furthermore, we have to know and understand our organisation’s infection prevention and control policies and procedures which we can do by going to training for infection control. By ensuring that our own health and hygiene not pose a risk to service users and colleague. Effective hand washing is carried out when working with service users, giving personal care, handling/preparing food. Finally we have to ensure that we use protective clothing provided when needed and appropriate. 1.2Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control infection Employers must have written policies describing the measures they take to prevent and control infection in order to uphold the law. Employers should have accessible (easily located, understandable, straight forward and manageable) infection prevention and control procedures that ensure a safe environment and safe working practices. They should also have a system for ensuring that we understand and follow those procedures. Failure of our employer to minimise the risk of infection and to protect we, our colleagues, individuals we support and there family and friends against infectious disease constitute neglect. Employers have a responsibility to regularly produce infection prevention and control reports describing: •Policies and procedures that are in place and how they are monitored

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