Unit 264 Infection Prevention

Unit 4222-264

Outcome 1


There are many roles where infection control is important, these include:

• Employees who work in communal living environments
• Employees who work with hazardous substances
• Employees whose work activities may expose them to infection
• Employees working with individuals who may be vulnerable to infection

Employees have responsibilities to:

• Self
• Colleagues
• Employer
• Clients/Customers
• Visitors


Employers’ are responsible for:

• Assessing risks
• Putting procedures in place
• Ensuring procedures are followed
• Ensuring employees are appropriately trained in relation to infection control
• Making sure employees are aware of the health and safety aspects of their
- Posting information on notice boards
- Keeping an information file such as Control of Substances Hazardous
to Health (COSHH)
- Providing supervision
• Keeping records
• Ensuring that the relevant standards, policies and guidelines are available
within the workplace.

Outcome 2

• The Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984
• Food Safety Act 1990
• The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
• Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999


The Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984
- Provides information on the legal requirements for the reporting of contagious or
infectious diseases, for example, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, HIV and Legionella.

Outcome 3


Hand washing – a good technique  
Wearing PPE when needed
Disposal of hazardous waste properly
Cleaning and decontamination
Risk assessments


The potential impact of an outbreak of infection on the individual and the organisation could be illness or death, inquiry, loss of registration, criminal charges.

Outcome 4


Risk is situation involving exposure to danger. It is a situation that involves an...