Principles of Health & Hygiene

Level 2 Certificate – Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare Settings

This is a training course that I completed in 2014, and proved to be the most interesting and fulfilling qualification I have attained to date.   It consisted of two sections, firstly the Principles of Infection Control, Cleaning and Waste Management, and secondly, the Principles of the Spread of Infection and the Role of Personal Hygiene in the Prevention of Infection.   The duration of the course was one month and could be completed either by written submission or online.   I chose the online option.

The course was very intense and challenging.   It covered all aspects of infection control and included a great deal of legislation and regulations, the most useful and interesting of which I found to be the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002.   It also gave a good insight into the roles and responsibilities of both employers and employees in infection control and highlighted the necessity of keeping detailed and accurate records.   It taught me about the causes and spread of infections and the important role that personal hygiene plays in preventing the spread of infections both pathogenic (disease producing) and non-pathogenic (not capable of inducing disease).   I learned in great detail the procedures to be followed regarding personal hygiene, decontamination, cleaning and waste management and the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE).  

Another subject covered by this course was the need for risk assessment, a process of identifying situations which potentially pose a risk to health, safety and well-being.   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that a risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what could cause harm to people, so that you can assess if enough precautions have been implemented or whether more should be done to prevent harm.

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