Explain The Importance Of Policies Regarding Illnesses In Health And Social Care

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• Handwashing – It is important to wash your hands as a lot of the germs and bacteria you face in your work role will be passed on by hands. Hands should be washed after sneezing or coughing, toileting, eating (Before and after), Handling food (Before and after to avoid cross contamination) and also when you come into contact with a child/object that may be at risking of passing on infections or illnesses.
• Wearing PPE – Personal protection equipment helps in protecting your body from contact with anything that may be brought onto you or given by you in your work role. This includes gloves, glasses and other things such as safe practice shoes (Closed in and if you are a chef – Steel cap/leather).
• Kitchen procedures – If you are working in or around the kitchen in a service it is important to be aware of policies and procedures when handling food and dishes. Things to be aware of are PPE as written above, Using correct colour coded cloths and cutting boards and also storing and cooking foods correctly to avoid cross contamination.
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A service is allowed to refuse a person into care or work if said person is experiencing certain symptoms. This is not the case with common cold and flu (See your centres procedures if a child becomes too sick to continue in care) however regards illnesses and infections that are contagious or may put others at risk. Other contagious illnesses can be things such as – Chicken pox, Cold sores, Conjunctivita, Gastro etc. See your centres policies if you are unaware of contagious
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