Qcf the Principle of Infection Prevention and Control

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INFECTION CONTROL Understanding roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infection Employees are responsible for taking action to prevent and control the spread of infection, in accordance with legislation and local and organisational policies and procedures. They also have a personal and moral responsibility, as members of a caring society and profession. There are many roles where infection control is important; these include Employees who work in communal living environments or working with hazardous substances, who activities may expose them to infection and others who may be vulnerable to infection. The Employees also have responsibilities to themselves, Colleagues, Employer, Clients/Customers and Visitors Employer’s responsibilities are based on Legality, Organisational, Personal and moral responsibilities. These includes:- risks assessment, putting procedures in place, ensuring that procedures are followed, providing appropriately 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 reminded by posting information on notice boards, keeping an information file such as Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), providing supervision and by keeping records. By following all this responsibility would ensuring that the relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available within the workplace. Understanding legislation and policies relating to prevention and control of infection The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Both employers and employees are responsible for their own actions in the workplace. All reasonable steps should be taken when carrying out your work duties and all staff should have adequate health and safety training, and measures should be taken

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