1.1 Explain employers roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection
The employer has a duty to protect, so far as reasonably practicable, those at work who may be affected by work activities. This involves your employer carrying out a risk assessment to identify and assess the risk. Your employer is responsible for planning safety, providing information and updating systems and procedures. The employers responsibility with regards the prevention and control of infection is to supply PPE if the risk to health & safety cannot be adequately controlled in other ways. You must receive proper training on how to use any PPE provided and your employer should carry out regular checks to ensure it is being used correctly. They should ensure the correct storage of PPE such as gloves. Waste can be a source of infection and needs to be dealt with safely. Employers must have procedures in place to deal with waste materials and spillage to ensure it is dealt with correctly. Your employer is also responsible in reporting any outbreaks of infection within your workplace, to the Health Protection team and the Care Quality Commission.
1.2. Explain employees responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection
The employee has a duty of care for the service users you attend. This means you always act in the best interests of the service user and their care needs. The GSCC code of practice declares you should not “Put yourself or other people at unnecessary risk”. You are responsible for following your employer’s workplace safety procedure correctly, reporting and problems with those procedures or equipment used. In terms of infection control, this means you should always wear PPE provided and attend any necessary training. Dispose of all waste materials and spillage in the correct way.
Clinical waste / used dressings – Yellow bag,