Unit 645

Unit 645 Lead and manage infection prevention and control within the work setting.
Understand current infection prevention and control policies, procedures and practices.

There are both national and local policies for infection prevention and control, The majority of which come under The Health and safety at work act.

The Health and safety at work act states that ‘all people have a legal right to be protected from work related risks’.

Health and safety law in general applies ‘across the board, however, there are additional regulations covering different industry sectors such as construction, railways and agriculture.

The act imposes requirements on employers, the self-employed and employees, along with other, such as: designers, manufacturers and suppliers.
It also gives the Health and safety executive and local authority inspectors a range of powers.
Some of the key requirements are summarised below.
  * General duty of care: All employers have a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees. They also have a duty to protect non-employees from risks arising from their work activities.
  * Health and safety management system: Employers must take and give effect to adequate arrangements for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of protective and preventative measures.
  * Risk assessment: Suitable and sufficient risk assessments must be carried out by the employer.
  * Information, instruction, training and supervision: Employees must be given comprehensive information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety and that of others.
  * Personal protective equipment: Where risks cannot be controlled, appropriate personal protective clothing and/ or equipment should be provided free of charge.
  * Must take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected...