Infection Conteol

Unit 7
7.1 – understand roles and responsibilities in infection control
Each employee has a responsibility covered by the health and safety at work act 1974, they must take care of their own and others health and safety. The act requires carers to cooperate with the employer in respect of health and safety matter, to attend training provided and also to use the protective equipment that is provided by the employer. Basic prevention control methods an employee can carry out are to dispose of waste correctly, wash hands when appropriate, keep the equipment clean, attend infection control training, and wear the correct PPE and to maintain good personal hygiene.
Employers also have a responsibility when it comes to infection control, the health and safety at work act 1974 requires every employer to provide a safe workplace for their employees, to carry out risk assessments, provide staff training and updates, to provide personal protective equipment and to ensure that there are clear infection control policies and procedures in place.
7.2 – current legislation and regulatory bodies in line with infection control
  * The health and safety at work act 1974
  * COSHH ( control of substances hazardous to health )
  * RIDDOR ( reporting of injuries, disease and dangerous occurrences regulation 1995 )
  * The food safety act
  * The environmental protection regulations
  * The public health act
  * Hazardous waste act
Local organisations
  * The public health act
  * The Social care act
  * NICE ( national institute for health and clinical excellence )
  * The trusts own company policies and procedures
7.3 – systems and procedures relevant to the prevention and control of infection
The procedures relevant to the prevention and control of infection is to follow the company’s correct policy and procedures that are put into place, wearing the correct PPE, the correct disposal of waste and to use the correct cleaning equipment when required. You...