Infection Control Hsc L2

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Infection control UNDERSTAND ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTIONS 1. Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. The employee’s role and responsibilities include:  To ensure that their own health and hygiene not pose a risk to service users and colleagues  To ensure effective hand washing is carried out when working with service users, giving personal care, handling/preparing food.  To ensure they use protective clothing provided when needed and appropriate. 2. Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control infection. Employers’ roles and responsibilities include:  making sure employees are aware of the health and safety aspects of their work (e.g. posting information on notice boards, keeping an information file such as COSHH, training, and providing supervision)  the need to keep records in relation to infection control using appropriate documentation  to ensure that the relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available within the workplace UNDERSTAND LEGISLATION AND POLICIES IN RELATION TO INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL 1. Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Both employers and employees are responsible for their own actions in the Work place. All reasonable steps should be taken when carrying out your work duties and all staff should have adequate health and safety training, and measures should be taken to ensure that policies and procedures are in place and adhered to. For example, it is the employers’ responsibility to provide adequate protective equipment and the employee’s responsibility to use it

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