Jennifer Holder Unit 9: The principles of infection prevention and control. Understand the roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infection: 1.1 Employee's are responsible for numerous things in relation to the control and prevention of infection. It is the employee's responsibility to ensure that they protect themselves, colleagues, patients and visitors from infection by adhering to infection control policies. Employee's should always wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) for the duty in which they are undertaking and ensuring proper disposal of this PPE as well as infective material or other clinical waste. Ensuring that they have good hand hygeine techniques is also very important when it comes to the prevention and control of infection.
CU311 The principles of infection prevention and control 1.1 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, COSHH and RIDDOR. It is important as employees that we are aware of these so that we can work safely. 1.2 Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of Infection.
Employees have responsibilities to: self, colleagues, employer, service users and visitors. 1.2. Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. Employers are responsible for: • Assessing risks, • Putting procedures in place, • Ensuring procedures are followed, • Ensuring employees are appropriately trained in relation to infection control, • Making sure employees are aware of health and safety aspects of their work, • Keeping records, • Ensuring that relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available in the workplace 2.1. Outline the current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection.
My employer must follow the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992, their responsibilities are to provide the mandatory training and supervisions, ensure policies and procedures are put in place, plan, organise, control, monitor and review health and safety arrangements, make sure the equipment is available and to maintain risk assessments and to deal with chemicals and other substances safely. As an employee I also have to follow COSHH 2002 (control of substances hazardous to health) in my workplace. This means I have to follow the procedures set in place by my employer and attend training. I have to make sure any hazardous substances are kept locked away where unauthorized people cannot get them. I also need to dispose of hazardous substances correctly and not mix substances in case of any hazardous fumes or explosions that may occur.
As an employees, they must ensure that they attend all necessary trainings that their employers provide regarding infection control and prevention. If in some instance, an employee comes across a hazard such as bodily fluids spilt in an area or staff member not wearing gloves he/she must report it immediately to a senior staff member and not ignore it as this
Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 These regulations require employers to notify the Health and Safety Executive, or other relevant authorities, of a range of occupational injuries, diseases and dangerous events. Control of substance hazardous to health regulation (COSHH) 2002 These regulations require employers to assess the risks from hazardous substances and take appropriate precautions to ensure that hazardous substances are correctly stored and used. Health and safety policies and procedures A health and social care organizations policies and procedures should always incorporate the key points of health and safety law. This means that a care practitioner will be able to put health and safety laws into practice simply by following their employer’s policies
Jalpa: Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit : 21 The Principles 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 relation to the prevention and control of infection. As an employee it is our responsibility to adhere to company policies and procedures as well as those implemented by localised procedures. This means any communicable diseases, which are notifiable, must be brought to the attention of the appropriate authority.
Reporting of Injury, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) is relevant as it requires that any infection or disease that is work Related be recorded and reported. There are regulatory bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that produce standards to guide and inform infection prevention and control practices. The HSE is an independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness; provide information and advice to reduce risks of accidents occurring in the workplace including the spread of
[019.1] Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 1.1) Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection: As employees, it is our responsibility to take precautionary measures to prevent and control the possible spread of disease within our work place environment. Employees are to strictly adhere to company policies and procedures as well as that of the local authority and understand several legislation regarding the prevention and control of infection. This generally should involve working safely to protect ourselves, other staff, service users and the public from infection. Employees should put in a safe way of working such as always washing their hands, not coming to work if we feel unwell, ensure the proper use protective equipment at all time while working. 1.2) Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection Employers have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of our work place in such a way that is protects members of staff and the public from infection.
The principles of infection prevention and control Infection is the invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are not normally present within the body. 1)Understanding roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infection. Employees Employers To ensure that their own health and hygiene not pose a risk to service usersand colleaguesTo ensure effective hand washing is carried out when working with serviceusers, giving personal care, handling/preparing food.To ensure they use Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) provided when needed andappropriate. | Making sure employees are aware of the health and safety aspects of theirwork (e.g. posting information on notice boards, keeping an information filesuch as COSHH, training, and providing supervision)The need to keep records in relation to infection control using appropriateDocumentationTo provide PPETo ensure that the relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available within the workplace | 2) Understanding legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infection The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 The recommendations on standard principles provide guidance on infection control precautions that should be applied by all healthcare personnel to the care of patients in community and primary care settings.