Control means to contain the infection once someone has it for example using personal protective equipment and washing your hands even if they don’t feel dirty. 1:2 Employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection are set out in the Health and Safety at work act 1974. And this states that employers have a responsibility to protect employees’ from danger and harm, as reasonably practicable. Employers must: * Provide a safe workspace. * Carry out risk assessments to assess the dangers of certain work activities.
Unit 264. Outcome 1:- There are many employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. These include:- * They are to ensure that their own health and hygiene doesn’t pose a risk to service users and colleagues. * To ensure that effective hand washing is carried out at appropriate times throughout their shift * And to ensure that the Correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used/worn when needed and appropriate throughout their shift. There are also many employers responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection.
1.1 Explain employees` roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. Employees are responsible for taking action to prevent and control the spread of infection, following legislation, local and organisational policies and procedures. They also have a personal and moral responsibility, as members of a caring society and profession. Employees` are responsible for themselves, colleagues, employers, people we support and visitors while doing different roles such as working in communal living environments, work with hazardous substances, work activities may expose them to infection, work with vulnerable individuals to infection. Employees` have to use personal protective equipment and clothing provided when needed and appropriately eg when supporting individuals with their personal cares.
An employer has a lot of duties protecting employees from harm. There are responsibility’s placed on all employers under the health and safety act legislation, the employer has to provide a safe working environment, carry out regular risk assessment to assess the dangers of the work placements, provide training for staff , provide personal protective equipment and ensure regular health and safety acts are carried out. The employer’s duties extend to protecting employees from the risks posed by biological hazards such as blood, body fluids and associated infections. The employer has to put policies and procedures for staff in order to protect. The employer will have a good understanding of the general care of the people within the setting and will be able to respond to an infection outbreak.
The principles of infection prevention and control 1. Understand roles and responsibilities in the Prevention and control of infections. 1.1Explain employees roles and responsibilities in relation to prevention and the control of infection. It is the responsibility of the employee to use the personal protective equipment (PPE) provided to ensure infection is prevented. To wash their hands before any care is carried out and again before leaving.
Noor Findlay (Lisa) 16/01/15 Unit 645 – Lead and manage infection prevention and control within the work setting 1. Understand current infection prevention and control policies procedures and practices. 2.1 Summarise national and local policies for infection prevention and control. Following is national and local policies:- There are laws and legal regulations about infection prevention and control. Most of the legal regulations relating to infection Prevention and control come under the Health and Safety at Work Act; this act is about ensuring a safe work place for employers, Employees and members of the public by minimising accidents at work.
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.
It places a duty on all employers "to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work" of all their employees. The Act also requires: • safe operation and maintenance of the working environment, plant and systems • maintenance of safe access and exit to the workplace • safe use, handling and storage of dangerous substances (coshh) • adequate training of staff to ensure health and safety • adequate welfare provisions for staff at work. Employers must also keep and revise a written record of health and safety policy and consult with employees on such policies. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 places a duty on employers to assess and manage risks to their employees and others arising from work activities. Employers must also make arrangements to ensure the health and safety of the workplace, including making arrangements for emergencies, adequate information and training for employees.
1.2 - As an employer all staff should be trained in infection control, to be able to notice potential risks. The correct PPE should be available for staff, staff should have a understanding of infection control polices and procedures. Which should be made available by employer. 2.1- There are a few legislations and regulatory body standards, that are relevant to the prevention and control of infection. The health and safety at work act, which ensures the safety of members
AC1.1 – Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection It is our responsibility as employees to take precautionary measures to prevent and control the spread of infection in the workplace; this involves working safely to protect myself, other staff, visitors and individuals from infections. Some of the legislation and regulations that relate to the control and prevention of infection include the Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA), the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and the Reporting of Injury, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). It is important as employees that we are aware of these so that we can work safely; at work we have information provided in the health and safety file and COSHH file. AC1.2 – Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is the duty of the employer to provide PPE, equipment, organise training for staff, undertake risk assessment and generally is responsible for the health and safety of staff in the work environment.