Health and Social Care Unit 39 P4

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key aspects of legislation and guidelines relevant to the prevention and control of infection in a health or social care setting

there are many items of legistlation and guidelines which are used in health and social care in order to protect and safeguard the health and well being of all of those who work and are treated in the health and social care sector. These items of legislations work by preventing the spread and threat of infection through the use of hygienic and clean practices.

Legislation, regulations and guidance that govern infection prevention and control: Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - This Act provides a framework which ensures the health and safety of all employees in any work activity. It also provides for the health and safety of anyone who may be affected by work activities, for example; pupils/students and visitors to educational sites.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Act 1999 – this item of legislation Places an responsibility on any employer to vigorously carry out a risk assessment of the work place and act accordingly. The assessment must be reviewed when necessary and recorded. It is intended to identify health and safety and fire risks, and is then worked on to make the environment a more safer place.

The Public Health Act 1984 – this act is used in order to ensure consumers know what they are eating, they know that the food is appropriate and good to use/eat, and so that they know the food is safe and has been prepared in a healthy and hygienic way.The main responsibilities for all food businesses under the Act are: do not include anything in food, remove anything from food or treat food in any way which means it would be damaging to the health of persons eating it to ensure that the food you serve or sell is of the nature, substance or quality which consumers would expect to ensure that the food is labelled, advertised and presented in a way that is not false or misleading a recent misuse of this...
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