Unit 4222-264 The Principles of infection prevention and control
It is an employees responsibility to attend training and follow infection control policies and procedures. This includes the correct use PPE provided by the employer which generally include gloves and aprons. We must also ensure all equipment used is cleaned promptly to avoid cross contamination. Employees should also not wear jewellery as it can carry many pathogens that can be passed on from one person to the next if in contact. Staff are encouraged to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene and regular hand washing after every client in contact with. It is also important to report any changes in a service users health conditions as well as one's own health condition to prevent and control the spread of infection such as a flu or cold to a pressure sore infection.
It is the employers responsibility to provide their staff with correct PPE, equipment, and provide staff training and current information regarding the prevention and control of infection and undertake risk assessments if needs be. It is legal by law that employers generally provide a safe working environment for their staff by following the responsibilities outlined and give staff a heads up if any known risks become available with any client.
Most of the legal regulations that are relevant to the prevention and control of infection fall under the Health and Safety at Work Act under which it is the duty of the employer to ensure a safe workplace for employees. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) is relevant as it manages the safe storage of hazardous substances and potential pathogens. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) is relevant as it requires that any infection that is work related is reported and recorded. The Food and Safety Act 1990 is relevant as it ensures safe practices for handling,...