1.1 As a health care support worker I have a responsibility to make sure my own actions don’t affect the health and safety of others.I need to think, prevent and control infection. The health and safety at work act 1974 states we must take care of our own safety and others, follow employers instructions regarding health and safety, not damage health and safety equipment and materials, attend regular training. I do this by disposing of waste correctly, washing hands, cleaning equipment correctly, maintaining a clean working environment, decontaminating equipment after use, maintaining personal hygiene, washing hands between patients, clean PPE for each patient, I am to be vigilant and aware of potential hazards and inform staff or ward sister of any suspected risks. I am also to attend regular infection prevention and control training and keep it up to date also embed the importance of infection prevention and control and promote good practice. Policies and procedures are in place relating to infection prevention and control and must be followed and adhered to.
1.2 Employers responsibilities in the relation to the prevention and control of infection are to keep everybody safe and to provide a safe work place, they do this by following current legislation. The Health Board is committed to ensuring that infection prevention and control is a priority. Risk assessments relating to infection prevention and control are carried out, they are to provide relevant equipment to enable you to prevent and control infection also identify and distribute relevant information about infection hazards and prevention and control methods, posters are put in place promoting hand hygiene with hand gels to hand to encourage everyone within the ward area to use ie staff, doctors, patients and visitors, provide PPE. Employers are to send their staff for regular infection prevention and control training, they