The principles of infection prevention and control
1.1 As a health and social care worker you have roles and responsibilities in relation to infection prevention and control, including to
* cooperate with your employer in preventing and controlling infection
* know and understand your organisations infection prevention and control policies and procedures
* follow infection control procedures and apply standard infection control principles to all situations at all times
* know how to get advice on the prevention and control of infection and to stay up to date in your knowledge and understanding of the subject
* make your manager aware of any difficulties you have in following procedures
* report breaches in good practice and take corrective action as appropriate
You also have a responsibility to be on your guard for potential outbreaks of infection or resistance to antibiotics and to inform your employer if you have any concerns.
1.2 Employers have a responsibility to regularly produce infection prevention and control reports describing:
* Policies and procedures that are in place and how they are monitored
* Any outbreaks of infection that have taken place and the action to rectify the problems
* Education and training that has taken place
* Planned improvements
Employers have a responsibility to obtain and share with staff up to date advice and information about infection prevention and control from suitably qualified and competent individuals.
* Health and safety at work act 1974
* Management of health and safety at work regulations 1999
* Personal protective equipment at work regulations (PPE) 1992
* The health act 2006
* The health and social care act 2008
* Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR) 1995
* Public health (control of disease) act 1984 and the public health (infectious diseases) regulations 1988
* Food safety...