All employees are responsible for taking action to prevent the spread of infection, in accordance with legislation and local and organisational policies and procedures.
They also have a personal and moral responsibility, as members of a caring society and profession.
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:
1.2 Employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection Employers’ responsibilities arise from:
· Legal responsibilities
· Organisational responsibilities
· Personal/moral responsibilities.
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 work - 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 in the work place
The prevention and control of infection is governed by many different pieces of legislation. It is a legal requirement that your employer ensures you have access to up to date policies, guidelines and procedures within your work place, in order to achieve a safe standard of infection control.
The main regulations and legislation relating to infection control is focused upon public health, environmental health, health and safety, risk