Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections. 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. If I have any concerns whatsoever regarding the management of infectious diseases in the workplace, I should contact line / project manager, whom will then seek professional advice.
Employees’ also have a personal and moral responsibility to prevent and control the spread of infection as they are members of a caring society and profession. Roles where infection control is important include working with individuals who may be vulnerable to infection, working in communal living environments and taking part in working activities that may expose the employee or the supported individual to infection. Employees are responsible for keeping themselves, the supported individual’s, their colleagues and any visitors safe from infection. Employees’ must maintain a high level of personal hygiene, particularly hand hygiene, to ensure that infection is not unnecessarily spread. 1.2 Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection.
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.
An employers responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection is to carry out risk assessments, this is to make sure that, where possible infection risks can be prevented. Also, to make sure staff are properly trained and, that information is always available for all staff. This could be posters showing handwashing techniques. Once a risk assessment has been carried out procedures can be put in place such as the wearing of PPE to minimise exposure to infection. Also, staff should be supervised to make sure procedures are being followed.
Managers, Managers of health and social care settings have a particular responsibility to ensure that the care setting is safe for patients, service users, visitors and members of staff. They do this by ensuring that an up-to-date infection control policy is written up and includes the roles and responsibilities of all staff in relation to the prevention of infection and what to do if there was an outbreak of infectious disease. They also need
Unit 224 – The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control 1. Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 2.1 Explain the employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is the duty of the employee to make sure that they follow the policies, procedures and guidelines that have been put in place in the prevention and control of infection 1.2 Explain the employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. Employers have responsibilities for the health and safety of their employees. They are also responsible for any visitors to their premises such as customers, suppliers and the general public.
There are a range of roles were the prevention and control of infection apply, here are the ones that apply to my line of work; working with hazardous substances, working in an environment that exposes me to infection, working with people who are vulnerable to infection and working in a place that is a communal living area. 2. The employer is responsible for ensuring that all employees’ know and apply the correct working procedures, this can be undertaken via providing adequate training. The employer is required to provide the appropriate personal protective equipment and the correct medical equipment as well as carrying out risk assessments. The employer is also responsible for the organisation of the workplace, ensuring that the risk of infection is minimised as much as possible.
• As an employee I must attend any necessary training that is provided by my employer regarding the prevention and control of infection. • It is important as an employee that I am aware of these regulations and legislation so that I can work safely; at work there is information which is provided in the health and safety file and COSHH file. • As an employee if I come across a hazard such as bodily fluids spilt in an area or a staff member not wearing gloves it must be reported and not ignore it as this may cause infection to spread. • In the workplace I need to put the safe ways of working into practice; for example by effective hand washing, not coming into work when I am not feeling well as this will be putting others at risk. • All equipment needs to be cleaned correctly to avoid
Unit 4222-264 The principles of infection prevention and control (IC 01) 1. Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection It is the responsibility of an employee to take precautionary measures to prevent and control the spread of infection in the workplace. This involves working safely to protect oneself, other staff, visitors and individuals from infections. One of the important responsibilities of an employee is to orient himself about the policies on safety, hygiene and sanitation in the work area and to undergo training regarding the policies. Through these trainings, the employee will learn the proper measures regarding infection control and prevention in spreading infection.
The policies and procedures are set out in the workplace in order to maintain a safe place for work and to ensure all aspects of care and legal framework are covered. The health and safety policies and procedures are also used in the workplace in order to check that employees are using them appropriately in practice. The health and safety policies and procedures also covers safeguarding, reporting of accidents, fire prevention, security, health and safety, food safety, storing medicines and waste disposal etc. The main health and safety responsibilities of social care worker: My responsibilities are to take all of the health and safety trainings relevant to my work role and cooperate with others on health and safety issues. Wear personal protective clothing and ensure that I know how to use equipment for doing care related tasks.