Support Worker

The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control

Outcome 1-
1.1- It is our responsibility as employees to take precautionary measures to prevent   and control the spread of infection in the workplace ,this involves working safely to protect myself ,other staff ,visitors and individuals from infections.
Some of   the legislation and regulations that relate to the control and   prevention of infection include the health and safety at work Act (HASAWA) the control of substances Hazardous to Health(COSHH) and reporting of injury ,Disease and Dangerous Occurances Regulations (RIDDOR). It is important as employees that we are aware of these so that we can work safely;at work we have information provided in the health and safety file and COSHH file.
As employees we must ensure we attend all necessary trainings that our employers provide regarding infection control and prevention .If an employee comes across a hazard such as bodily fluids split in an area or a staff member not wearing gloves you must report it immediately to a senior staff member and not ignore it as this may cause infection to spread.
In the workplace employees need to put these safe ways of working into practice;for example by effective hand washing not coming into work when we are not feeling well as we will be putting others at risk ,by not wearing jewellery when cooking or supporting service users in activities as jewellery   carries many pathogens, by always wearing protective clothing ;as a support worker wearing an apron and gloves for procedures will reduce the   spread of infection by preventing infection passing on from me to others and from getting it on my clothes and spreading it onto another person I come into contact with .It is also important that all equipment is cleaned correctly to avoid cross infection this is because infection can also spread from one person to another through instruments , linen and equipment.

1.2-It is the duty of the employer to provide PPE, equipment...