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.
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.
The control of Substance Hazards to Health Regulations (COSHH). This require employers to control substances that can be dangerous for workers health. Reporting of injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. This require employers to report the Health and Safety Executive of any injuries, diseases and dangerous events. 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.
Infection Control – IC01 and IC02 1. Describe what are the employees and employer responsibilities regarding infection control. Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1992) requires employers to assess the risk to their employees’ health and to put in place control measures. In relation to infection control, it is the employer’s responsibilities to ensure that staff is protected from exposure to infectious hazards through the provision of safe systems of work, these includes Employers must ensure that policies relating to infection control are reviewed and update annually To provide resources to effect the general principles of infection control and minimise the risk. To ensure that systems are in place to prevent staff from choosing whom they will or will not care for.
Employers are responsible for: • Assessing risks. • Putting procedures in place. • Ensuring procedures are followed. • Ensuring employees receive appropriate training in relation to infection control and have regular refreshers. • Make sure employees adhere to the health and safety aspects of their work.
UNIT 21 1.1 The employees responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection: a. Keeping/observing hygiene b. Un dergo/update on infection prevention control training c. Complying with the company’s rules and policies/procedures and adhere with the legislation of local organisations 1.2 The employers roles and responsibilities are: a. Keepin g the workplace hygienic and clean b. Providing the training for the staff c. Undergoing risk assessment and putting the procedures in place d. Complying with the health and safety regulations e. Providing PPF’s to employees f. Responsibities to their clients and visitors g. Making sure employees are aware of the health and safety aspects of their work h. Posting information on notice boards i. Keeping an information file such as Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) j. Providing supervision k. Keeping records l. Ensuring that the relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available within the workplace. 2.1 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.
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
Also, to ensure that the relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available within the workplace.2.1 Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infectionThe main legislation relating to infection prevention and control are; The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is a piece of legislation which has been put in place in order to ensure a workplace is safe for all employers, employees and visitors within the building or work area and that all risks posed are eliminated or minimised as much as possible. The Management of Health and Safety