Assignment 19 Infection Control

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Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) Assignment 19: Unit 19: The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control Learning Outcome 1: Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections What are the employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infections? 1.1 The employees roles and responsibilities include keeping work areas and equipment clean and free from infectious hazards, ensuring they are aware of and reporting changes in residents health conditions and reporting potential risks or health hazards to an appropriate person. They also have a responsibility to ensure good personal hygiene for themselves clean clothes, tidy hair, hand washing- and good personal hygiene for the residents including washing, toileting, removing soiled clothes and correct disposal of waste products. It is important that PPE is used at all times where required to reduce the risk of any infections spreading. Hands should be washed before and after each residents care and also when serving/feeding food or drinks. What are the employers’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infections? 1.2 An up-to-date infection control policy is the responsibility of the employers which should include the roles and responsibilities of all staff and what to do if there is an outbreak of an infectious disease. Risk assessments are also the responsibility of the employer as well as reporting and recording any incidents of infection. Employers should also ensure employees are aware of the health and safety aspects of their work by providing training and information on things such as COSHH and the prevention of cross infection. Learning Outcome 2: Understand legislation and policies relating to the prevention and control of infections Page 1 of 6 Outline and

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