CU311 THE PRINCIPLES OF INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL 1. Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 2.1 Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. The Care worker has a responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to take care of one`s own health and safety and others you care or support including their family, friends and work colleagues. The act requires Carers to: * Take reasonable care for their own safety and that of others. * Cooperate with the employer in respect of Health and Safety matters .Not intentionally damage any Health and safety equipment or materials provided by the employer * Attend training provided by the employer * Use protective equipment provide by the employer In respect of the prevention of infection, you must think about the prevention and control for you and others around you.
Kelly-Ann Radcliffe Health and Social Care Unit 4222-264: The Principles of infection Prevention and control Outcome 1: Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 1:1 Employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection are set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This tells workers that they have to do certain things in order to comply with the act and they are: * To take responsibility of there own safety and the safety of others. * To cooperate with your employer regarding health and safety matters. * To not intentionally damage and health and safety equipment provided by your employer. * Attend all training that is provided by your employer.
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.
It is the employer`s responsibility to provide appropriate training in relation to infection control and the health and safety awareness aspects of the work. Employers also have to keep staff informed or give reminders by posting information on notice boards, keeping an information file such as Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). They have to make sure there is sufficient stock of PPE`s and cleaning materials for staff. Employers have to provide supervision and by keeping
Unit 4222-264-The principles of infection prevention and control Outcome 1: Understand roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infections 1.1 explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of Infection As a care worker I have a responsibility to make sure my own actions don’t affect the health and safety of others or I e.g. service users, families and colleagues. The health and safety at work act 1974 states we must take care of our own safety and others, follow employers instructions regarding health and safety, not damage health and safety equipment and materials, attend training and use the health and safety equipment provided. I need to think, prevent and control infection, I should prevent someone getting an HCAI to save them discomfort, anxiety and antibiotics and to save the NHS money by adapting the practice of using standard precautions for all people including high risk people and myself. I do this by disposing of waste correctly, washing hands, cleaning equipment, remaining vigilant and reporting hazards, attending and keeping my infection control training up to date, clean PPE for every person, maintaining personal hygiene,, if someone has an infection I will have to prevent it spreading by being more vigilant and report any changes in their condition and be extra careful to follow all the prevention techniques.
LEGISLATION RELEVANT TO INFECTION CONTROL Health and safety at work act (1974) This is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the UK, and is enforced by the health and safety executive (HSE). It states that the employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment and must carry out full risk assessments in order to achieve this. Employees must also be adequately trained to deal with these risks. In addition, under this act employers also have a duty to protect the welfare of others who may be affected (e.g. patients, visitors).
How legislation, policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security influence health and social care settings Health and safety at work act 1974 (HASAW) - This act provides general guidance about health and safety. The duty of the employer is to make sure health and safety of their employees and show that they have taken all attainable steps to do this. The employer should also give training and safety equipment, employers should carry out regular checks and improve and put in place a health and safety policy. If employers have more than five staff they have to carry out a risk assessment to find any possible hazards to employees. Information should be displayed around the work place for employees to see, for example, this could be posters.
UNIT 21 UNIT CODE : ICO1 THE PRINCIPLES OF INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL 1.1 EXPLAIN EMPLOYEES ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN RELATION TO THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTION 1.1 The Care worker has a responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to take care of one`s own health and safety and others you care or support including their family, friends and work colleagues. The act requires Carers to : * Take reasonable care for their own safety and that of others. * Cooperate with the employer in respect of Health and Safety matters .Not intentionally damage any Health and safety equipment or materials provided by the employer * Attend training provided by the employer * Use protective equipment provide by the employer In respect of the prevention of infection you must think about the prevention and control for you and others around you. Basic controls are: * Dispose of waste correctly * Wash hands when appropriate * Keep equipment clean * Remain vigilant and report potential hazards * Attend infection control training and keep updated * Wear clean PPE I( personal protective equipment) for each person * Maintaining personal hygiene. 1.2 EXPLAIN EMPLOYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES IN RELATION TO THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTION 1.2 The Health and Safety Legislation require that employers have a duty of care to protect employee for example: * Provide a safe workplace * Carry out risk assessments to assess the dangers of certain work activities * Provide training to staff * Provide PPE * Ensure regular health and safety checks are undertaken.
Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA) forms a major part of my role. As a care worker, I have to ensure that I am aware of and put into practice many of the legislations, organisational policies, and procedures relating to Health & Safety at work. I am aware that I have a responsibility to keep myself, individuals and others for whom I am responsible for, safe and secure within the working environment. Consequently, I must co-operate with my employer in respect of health and safety matters; contribute to a safe environment; and ensure that my actions support health & safety practice at all times. Some of the ways that I follow Health and Safety at Work includes carrying out risk assessments.
I must report any danger that I think can cause harm to myself or others, I have a responsibility to follow company procedures and policies always within my own role. 2/ The standards that influence my job role are:- * Code of Practice * Health and safety at work act 1974 * Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 * Management of Health and Safety at work Regulations 1999 3/ Ways to ensure that personal attitudes or beliefs do not obstruct the quality of work is to remain professional at all times, if there were any concerns then report back to manager immediately. Ensure that a client with person centred value needs are met and that they are comfortable and promote independence at all times Outcome 2 Be able to reflect on own work Activities 1/ Reflecting on work activities enables myself to have an understanding of my skills, competencies, knowledge and professional outcome. This will help me learn and identify new constructive or different approaches in future practice. This will also help with problem solving.