IC01: The principles of infection prevention and control The prevention and control of infection is the responsibility of everyone working in a health and social care setting. Both employers and employees have particular roles to avoid the spread of infection. 1.1. As a health & social care practitioner it is essential to maintain a clean and hygienic environment and also to be aware of the infection control policies and procedures that are used in the workplace. Maintaining a high level of personal health and hygiene will also help in the prevention of infection.
This covers safeguarding, suitable people, suitable premises/equipment, organisation and documentation. Ofsted will come to the setting to check that the setting are following this framework correctly. There is also health and safety legislation in place that sets out legal requirements to keep all adults and children safe. These are: Health and safety at work act 1974 All employment settings have responsibility as laid down in the health and safety at work act 1974 for Great Britain. 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.
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. Within the work place the employer has infection prevention and control policies and procedures in place for all staff to adhere to. The Company will have a good understanding of the general care of SU and staff and will be able to respond appropriately in the event of possible infection outbreak, IE arranging for swabs
Employers should have accessible (easily located, understandable, straight forward and manageable) infection prevention and control procedures that ensure a safe environment and safe working practices. They should also have a system for ensuring that we understand and follow those procedures. Failure of our employer to minimise the risk of infection and to protect we, our colleagues, individuals we support and there family and friends against infectious disease constitute neglect. Employers have a responsibility to regularly produce infection prevention and control reports describing: •Policies and procedures that are in place and how they are monitored
* Use of chemicals and waste disposal. * Security measures and visitors. * Smoking at work. * 1.4 The main health and safety responsibilities of self are; * Take reasonable care of my health and safety. * Take reasonable care not to put other people, including other employers and members of the public at risk by what I do at work * Co-operate with my employer making sure I have the proper training and I understand and follow my organizations health and safety policies.
2. Describe the main points of your health and safety policy and procedures at your work setting HEALTH & SAFETY AT WORK ACT 1974 This was the first act to protect all employees regardless of their work place. It puts the onus on the employer to create a safe working environment for all employees. It says the employer must ensure the health & safety of all people on the premise sand to eliminate risks where ever possible. It also states that employers must maintain their safety and that of others with whom they work.
My organisation and I have a duty of care to ensure that the service users we care for are safe, protected from abuse by other service users, staff, carers, friends and family. This means that my colleagues and I are obliged to work within the safeguarding policies and procedures and it is highly important that we all receive adequate training so that we can recognise and understand signs of abuse. It is also out duty to record all relevant information when an accident or incident occurs in the workplace. It is our responsibility to report any improper conduct or suspicion that we think may contribute to abuse. Duty of care and safeguarding work together because it is our duty of care, as care staff, to provide protection and safety for vulnerable adults whilst at the same time respecting their
All employees must inform mangement of any training needs they may have in relation/line with the health and safety at work act. All individuals in the workplace must conribute to their own safety at work by risk assessing any task or situation, and always ensuring that everyone around them will remain safe and free from harm or potential risks. Outline your employer’s responsibilities to comply with this act. To ensure all staff are adequately trained to ensure every person has a level of health and safety competence that is appropriate to their role.Ensure risk assessments are completed regularly and any actions that may arise are dealt with accordingly.Be proactive to ensure the safety and welfare of all employees,residents,visitors and contractors is maintained continually.Ensure that all legal responsibilities in regards to reporting and investigating incidents and accidents are complied with a prompt action taken when required to
Outline current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the 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 Work place. 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 to ensure that policies and procedures are in place and adhered to. For example, it is the employers’ responsibility to provide adequate protective equipment and the employee’s responsibility to use it
The role of enforcement is divided between HSE and local authorities depending on business sector. Health and safety at work act 1974 Referred to as HASAW or HSW, the act of parliament in the main piece of uk health and safety legislation. It places a duty all employers to ensure reasonable practices of all health, safety and welfare in the work setting. The act also requires:- Adequate training of staff to ensure health and safety. Adequate welfare provisions for staff at work.