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Unit 21 The priniciples of Infection Prevention and Control. 1 Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 1.1 Explain Employees' roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infection. As employees it is out responsibilitie to take precautionary measures to prevent and control the spread of infection in the workplace: this involves working safely to protect myself, other staff, service user and visitors from infection. We must ensure that we wear our PPE that is provided, to attend all training and to work with and follow the company infection control policies and procedure. 1.2 Explain employers' responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is the employer duty to provide PPE, equipment, organise training for all staff, undertake risk assessment and generally is responsible for the health and safety of staff in the work environment. 2 Understand Legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infections 2.1 Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection. Most of the legal reglations relating to infection prevention and control comes under the Health and safety at work act: this act is about ensuring a safe place. The Management of Health and Safety at work Reglations introudued the need for montoring health and safety and risk assessment : including infrection prevention and control. The Food Safety Act was brought in to ensure safe practices for food to avoid contaminstion and spreading of infection and includes handling, storing and disposal of food. 2.2 Describe local and organisational policies relevant to prevention and control of infection. All Local authorities have infection control policies and procedures that have been developed to protect

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