Unit 4222-264-The principles of infection prevention and control
Outcome 1: Understand roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infections
1.1 explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of Infection
As a care worker I have a responsibility to make sure my own actions don’t affect the health and safety of others or I e.g. service users, families and colleagues. 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 training and use the health and safety equipment provided. I need to think, prevent and control infection, I should prevent someone getting an HCAI to save them discomfort, anxiety and antibiotics and to save the NHS money by adapting the practice of using standard precautions for all people including high risk people and myself. I do this by disposing of waste correctly, washing hands, cleaning equipment, remaining vigilant and reporting hazards, attending and keeping my infection control training up to date, clean PPE for every person, maintaining personal hygiene,, if someone has an infection I will have to prevent it spreading by being more vigilant and report any changes in their condition and be extra careful to follow all the prevention techniques.
2.2 Explain employers’ responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control infection.
Under health and safety legislation employers must prevent employees from being put in danger or harm by providing a safe work place, do risk assessments to assess dangers, provide staff training, provide PPE, carry out health and safety checks regularly. They must protect from risks from biological hazards e.g. blood, infections and bodily fluids. They must put in place infection prevention and control policies so staff has guidelines to adhere to. Management will be...