1.1 Employee’s roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. As a health care worker it is your duty to take care of your health and safety and others that may be affected by your actions when working in the field such as the people you are supporting, their families and friends and your work colleagues. It is important to follow the legislations which is set for the purpose of preventing and controlling infection in working settings such as The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It requires workers to: 1. take reasonable care for their safety and that of others 2. Cooperate with the employer in respect of health and safety issues.
Employees have responsibilities to: self, colleagues, employer, service users and visitors. 1.2. Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. Employers are responsible for: • Assessing risks, • Putting procedures in place, • Ensuring procedures are followed, • Ensuring employees are appropriately trained in relation to infection control, • Making sure employees are aware of health and safety aspects of their work, • Keeping records, • Ensuring that relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available in the workplace 2.1. Outline the current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection.
Kelly-Ann Radcliffe Health and Social Care Unit 4222-264: The Principles of infection Prevention and control Outcome 1: Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections 1:1 Employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection are set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This tells workers that they have to do certain things in order to comply with the act and they are: * To take responsibility of there own safety and the safety of others. * To cooperate with your employer regarding health and safety matters. * To not intentionally damage and health and safety equipment provided by your employer. * Attend all training that is provided by your employer.
It is the employer`s responsibility to provide appropriate training in relation to infection control and the health and safety awareness aspects of the work. Employers also have to keep staff informed or give reminders by posting information on notice boards, keeping an information file such as Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). They have to make sure there is sufficient stock of PPE`s and cleaning materials for staff. Employers have to provide supervision and by keeping
All training they received on prevention and control of infections should be adhered to. 1.2Explain employers responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. It is the responsibility of the employer to make sure all employees are trained to the correct level in prevention and control of infection. They should inform employees of any updated polices whether national or company. Employees should also be kept informed of any new infections contracted by individuals they are caring for.
There are also many employers responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. These include:- * Making sure that employees are aware of the health and safety aspects of working in that environment. Employers must make sure that their staff attend all relevant and correct training made available and work to the CQC standards or quality and safety. * They need to keep records in relation to infection control relevant and updated etc. * And to ensure that all PPE/equipment is correct and available and working at all time.
Hands should be washed before and after each residents care and also when serving/feeding food or drinks. What are the employers’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infections? 1.2 An up-to-date infection control policy is the responsibility of the employers which should include the roles and responsibilities of all staff and what to do if there is an outbreak of an infectious disease. Risk assessments are also the responsibility of the employer as well as reporting and recording any incidents of infection. Employers should also ensure employees are aware of the health and safety aspects of their work by providing training and information on things such as COSHH and the prevention of cross infection.
5) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - PPE must be provided and maintained by the employer and the employer must also provide training for workers required to use it. For Example: Eye protection when working with chemicals 2 What is a hazard? What is a risk? What is the purpose of a risk assessment? How can hazards be identified?
Unit 4222-264-The principles of infection prevention and control Outcome 1: Understand roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infections 1.1 explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of Infection As a care worker I have a responsibility to make sure my own actions don’t affect the health and safety of others or I e.g. service users, families and colleagues. The health and safety at work act 1974 states we must take care of our own safety and others, follow employers instructions regarding health and safety, not damage health and safety equipment and materials, attend training and use the health and safety equipment provided. I need to think, prevent and control infection, I should prevent someone getting an HCAI to save them discomfort, anxiety and antibiotics and to save the NHS money by adapting the practice of using standard precautions for all people including high risk people and myself. I do this by disposing of waste correctly, washing hands, cleaning equipment, remaining vigilant and reporting hazards, attending and keeping my infection control training up to date, clean PPE for every person, maintaining personal hygiene,, if someone has an infection I will have to prevent it spreading by being more vigilant and report any changes in their condition and be extra careful to follow all the prevention techniques.