The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control
1.1: Employees rights and responsibilities in the relation to the prevention and control of infection are to follow company’s policies and procedures, keep themselves safe and others, report any hazards which could lead to infection, attend relevant courses, use the PPE provided, keeping the work environment clean and tidy and to maintain good personal hygiene
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. A few examples taken from the HSAWA are COSHH, The Public Health (control of diseases) Act, Food Safety Act and The Environmental Protection Regulations. Produce relevant risk assessments in order to reduce or eliminate infection risks, provide relevant training for employees as well as PPE, up to date policies and procedures, cleaning products and safe and secure storage for cleaning products, PPE etc.
2.1: Current legislation and regulatory body standards which are relevant to the prevention and control of infection are:
• The Health and Safety at Work Act
• Food Safety Act
• The Environmental Protection Regulations
2.2: Local and organisational policies relevant to the prevention and control of infection are The Public Health (control of disease) Act 1984, Social Care Act, the NICE guidelines and also the companies policies and procedures that relate to infection prevention and control.
3.1: Procedures and systems relevant to the prevention of control infection are following companies policies and procedures which relate to correct hand washing procedure, wearing correct PPE for example gloves, aprons and protective clothing, the correct disposal of waste and using the correct cleaning equipment when cleaning spillages, surfaces, equipment etc.
3.2: The potential impact of an outbreak