Infection Control Hsc Unit 264

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Unit 264 The principles of infection prevention and control 1.Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 1.1 Explain employer’s roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection The employer has a duty to protect those at work who may be affected by work activities. This involves your employer carrying out a risk assessment to identify and assess the risk. Your employer is responsible for planning safety, providing information and updating systems and procedures. The employer’s responsibility with regards to prevention and control of infection is to supply PPE. You should receive proper training on how and when to use any PPE provided and your employer should carry out regular checks to ensure it is being used correctly. Waste can be a source of infection and needs to be dealt with safely. Employers must have procedures in place to deal with waste materials and spillages to ensure it is dealt with correctly. Your employer is also responsible in reporting any outbreaks of infection within your workplace to appropriate bodies. 1.2 Explain employee’s responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection The employee has a duty of care for the service users you attend. This means you always act in the best interests of the service user and their care needs. You are responsible for following your employer’s workplace safety procedures correctly and reporting any problems regarding procedures or equipment used. In terms of infection control this means you should always wear PPE provided and attend any necessary training. Dispose of all waste materials and spillages in the correct way: * Clinical waste/used dressings – yellow bag * Needles, syringes, cannulas – yellow sharps box * Body fluids/urine, blood, faeces, vomit – down the sluice * Soiled

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