Infection Pprevention and Control

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Unit 19 The principles of Infection Prevention and Control 1) Understand the 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. Employees must work within legal and organisational guideline relating to the prevention and control of infections. Most organisations will have their own policy on IPC, and there are a number of legislations and guidelines that ensure best practice is carried out. Employees must take precautionary measures to protect themselves, other staff, visitors and the individuals they are supporting. Employers will provide necessary training the employees must undertake. Guidelines relating to IPC; Health and Safety at work Act COSHH RIDDOR Food Safety Act NICE Employees must put safe ways of working into practice, simple step such as effective Han washing, correct use of PPE, not attending work while ill, effective cleaning of the environment and equipment will all help to prevent the spread of infection or cross contamination. 1.2) Explain Employers responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection Employers have a duty to provide PPE, Equipment, effective cleaning materials, that will assist in the prevention of the spread of infection. They must also provide / organise necessary and adequate training for all staff in the work environment. Sharing of policies and information regarding IPC is essential in keeping the staff updated, in-between mandatory three yearly training. Employers should ensure that the setting is a safe environment for its workers and individuals being supported. Organisational audits should be carried out to ensure that staff are meeting the requirements outlined in policies. Risk assessments should be carried out on a regular basis, and

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