The principles of infection prevention and control
The employees rights and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection is to follow the company’s policies and procedures, keep themselves safe and others, report any hazards which could lead to infection, attend relevant courses, use the PPE provided by the employer , keeping the work environment clean and tidy and to maintain good personal hygiene
The employers responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection are to keep everybody safe and to provide a safe work place, they do this by following current legislation. Produce relevant risk assessments in order to reduce or eliminate infection risks, provide relevant training for employees as well as PPE, up to date policies and procedures, cleaning products and safe and secure storage for cleaning products, PPE etc.
Current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection are:
• The Health and Safety at Work Act
• Food Safety Act
• the Environmental Protection Regulations
The Local and organisational policies relevant to the prevention and control of infection are The Public Health (control of disease) Act 1984, Social Care Act, the NICE guidelines and also the companies own policies and procedures that relate to infection prevention and control.
Procedures and systems relevant to the prevention and control of infection are following the companies policies and procedures which relate to correct hand washing procedure, wearing correct PPE for example gloves, aprons and protective clothing, the correct disposal of waste and using the correct cleaning equipment when cleaning spillages, surfaces, equipment etc.
The potential impact of an outbreak of infection on the individual and the organisation could be that the work place is closed due to the outbreak and individuals have to be isolated and treated in their rooms away...