Unit 645 Infection Control

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Noor Findlay (Lisa) 16/01/15 Unit 645 – Lead and manage infection prevention and control within the work setting 1. Understand current infection prevention and control policies procedures and practices. 2.1 Summarise national and local policies for infection prevention and control. Following is national and local policies:- There are laws and legal regulations about infection prevention and control. Most of the legal regulations relating to infection Prevention and control come under the Health and Safety at Work Act; this act is about ensuring a safe work place for employers, Employees and members of the public by minimising accidents at work. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations introduced the need for monitoring health and safety and risk assessment; including infection prevention and Control. The Food Safety Act was brought in to ensure safe practices for food to avoid contamination and spreading of infection and includes handling, storing and disposal of food. Legal regulations that come under HASAWA include The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), this is relevant as it is about the prevention and control of pathogens and managing the safe storage and use of hazardous substances. Reporting of Injury, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) is relevant as it requires that any infection or disease that is work Related be recorded and reported. There are regulatory bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that produce standards to guide and inform infection prevention and control practices. The HSE is an independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness; provide information and advice to reduce risks of accidents occurring in the workplace including the spread of
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