Health and Social Level 2

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Outcome 1.1- Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection ‘It is my responsibility as employees 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 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. As an employee I must ensure I must attend all necessary trainings that Is provide regarding infection control and prevention. If I come across a hazard such as bodily fluids spilt in an area or a staff member not wearing gloves I must report it immediately to a senior staff member and not ignore it as this may cause infection to spread. If a resident has past urine or bodily waste on the floor a member of staff should still clean it up and wear an apron and gloves even if the resident doesn’t have a infection as urine and bodily waste contain lots of other things. In my workplace I need to put these safe ways of working into practice; for example by effective hand washing, not coming into work when you’re not feeling well allowing myself 48 hours after id had a sickness bug as I will be putting other staff residents and visitors at risk, by not wearing jewellery when do activities with the residents as jewellery carries many germs and infections, by always wearing protective clothing; wearing an apron and gloves for procedures will reduce the spread of infection by preventing infection passing on from me to others

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