264 The Principals of Infection Prevention and Control 1.1 Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to prevention and control of infection As a health and social care worker we have roles and responsibilities in relation to prevent and to control infection. We prevent infection by following infection control procedures and applying standard infection control principles to all situations all of the time. Also by cooperating with our employer in prevent and to control infection. Furthermore, we have to know and understand our organisation’s infection prevention and control policies and procedures which we can do by going to training for infection control. By ensuring that our own health and hygiene not pose a risk to service users and colleague.
Unit 4222-264 the Principles of Infection Prevention and Control Outcome 1 1.1 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 what so ever regarding the management of infectious diseases in the workplace, I should record and contact line manager, who will seek professional advice. All employees must also observe general Precautions, other rules specific to a particular work activity must also be observed. Preventing infection Employees can help by: Washing hands when appropriate Keeping equipment clean Remaining vigilant and reporting potential hazards Attending infection control training and keeping updated Wearing Personal Protective Equipment Maintaining personal hygiene Disposing of waste correctly 1.2 Employers have a duty of care to all employees under the health and safety legislation, which gives the employers the responsibility to protect employees from danger and harm, as far as possible. Employers must provide a safe work place Carry out risk assessments to assess the dangers of certain work activities Provide training for all staff Provide personal protective equipment Ensure regular health and safety checks are undertaken Employer’s responsibilities extend to protecting employees from the risk posed by biological hazards such as blood, body fluids and associated infections.
This act places overall responsibility for health and safety with the employer but also duties on employees, so everyone in a setting has some responsibility for the health and safety of anyone who is there. The act covers the conditions in which places of work must be kept- Buildings should be well maintained and designed with the safety of the users in mind The general environment should be clean and safe Equipment must be safely used and stored Working practice must promote the health and safety of children All employees should be aware of the written statement of safety policy that is required under the act. The act also provides for the protection of employees: The workplace should be safe and not pose a risk to employees’ health Safe systems of working should be in place Articles and substances should be stored and used safely Adequate welfare facilities should be available Appropriate
Assignment 304 Task A Ai) What is meant by the term “duty of care” A duty of care is where the staff put the service user’s health and wellbeing first. It underlines the code of practice and should be built into your practice on a day to day level. Exercising duty of care is a legal requirement and would be tested in court in the event of negligence or malpractice. Aii) How the duty of care affects the work of a social care worker. Duty of care affects a social care worker by prompting the independence of the service user follow practice and procedures designed to keep you and others safe from violent and abusive behaviour at work.
CO2 units working, fire alarms not tampered with, carpets and rugs safe, electrical appliances etc. 1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals By following daily working routine, keeping to set boundaries and following procedures and policies these all create a duty of care contributing to the safeguarding and protection of individuals. Risk Assessments – carrying out and reviewing risk assessments for all of the activities we do and places we visit ensures that thought and concern is given to how we do things every day, this way I ensure risks concerning equipment, venues and activities are minimised and therefore reducing the risk of
2. explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection. The Health and Safety Legislation require that employers have a duty of care to protect employee for example: * Provide a safe workplace * Carry out risk assessments to assess the dangers of certain work activities * Provide training to staff * Provide PPE * Ensure regular health and safety checks are undertaken. The employer should have infection prevention control policies and procedures for the staff. The manager will support and advise the Carer in respect of these procedures
1 Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practise. 1.1 Explain what is means to have a duty of care in own work role, Duty of care means providing care and support for individuals within the law and also within the policies and procedures, and agreed way of working with your employer. It is about avoiding abuse and injury to individuals, their friends and family and their property. 1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to the safeguarding or protection of individuals. It is my duty of care to safeguard individuals from harm.
Within our work setting we carry out regular checks to ensure our working environments are safe before carrying out any tasks. We also have daily cleaning rota’s within clients homes to reduce the spread of any infections within the workplace. Describe how the duty of care affects your own work role: The duty of care I have within my work role is to keep myself and my service user safe at all times. I must also do the following: * Always act in the best interests of my clients and there care needs * Always act within my competence and decline to take on something which I don’t believe I can carry out safely * Keep my knowledge and skills up to date * Keep accurate records for clients * Only delegate or accept work when it is safe to do so * Protect all confidential information except where it conflicts with public interest or safety * Always wear correct PPE provided by my employer Every health worker has a duty of care not just towards clients but to themselves and their colleagues. It can be applied to every aspect of work, from duties to undertake, to equipment that they may need to carry out working safely.
Basic controls are: * Dispose of waste correctly * Wash hands when appropriate * Keep equipment clean * Remain vigilant and report potential hazards * Attend infection control training and keep updated * Wear clean PPE (personal protective equipment) for each person Maintaining personal hygiene. 1.2 The Health and Safety Legislation require that employers have a duty of care to protect employee for example: * Provide a safe workplace * Carry out risk assessments to assess the dangers of certain work activities * Provide training to staff * Provide PPE * Ensure regular health and safety checks are undertaken. The employer should have infection prevention control policies and procedures for the staff. The manager will support and advise the Carer in respect of these
1.1 The definition of “duty of care” is a legal obligation and a requirement to work in a way that offers the best interest of a child, young person, or in my case vulnerable adults, in a way which will not be detrimental to the health, safety and wellbeing of that person. My employer also has a duty of care for staff members, to ensure that working conditions are safe and suitable. 1.2 The duty of care I have in my job is to keep myself safe and my service users safe. Keep up to date on my training. Always wash my hands before attending a service user before and after, and wear the correct protective aprons and gloves that are supplied by my company.