Level 2 Essay

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Outcome 1 understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections

1.1 Explain employees’ roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection

* To ensure that their own health and hygiene does not pose a risk to service users and colleagues.

* To ensure effective hand washing is carried out when working with service users, giving personal care, handling/preparing food.

* To ensure they use protective clothing provided when needed and appropriate.

* Attend relevant courses

* Report any hazards that could lead to infection

1.2 Explain employers
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Employers are ethically bound to do all they can to ensure that employees do not suffer illness, serious injury or death. They are by law required to carry out risk assessments as any accidents and injuries occurred which have not been risk assessed could inflict significant costs on the company.

Outcome 5 Understand the importance of using PPE in the prevention and control of infections

5.1 Demonstrate correct use of PPE

* Have the responsibility to wear PPE appropriately to avoid contamination as far as possible

5.2 Describe different types of PPE

* Gloves - protect hands * Aprons- protect skin and/or clothing * Goggles- protect eyes * Masks and respirators- protect mouth and respiratory tract from airborne infectious agents * Face shields- protect face, mouth, nose and eyes

5.3 explain the reasons for use of PPE

* Personal Protective Equipment reduces, but does not completely eliminate the risk of acquiring or spreading an infection. It is important that it is used effectively and correctly. And at all times where contact with blood and body fluids of patients may occur.

5.4 State current relevant regulations and legislation relating to PPE

* Employees are responsible to use PPE appropriately and as instructed by their employer. * Ensuring employees who store and handle dangerous substances are properly trained * Using appropriate precautions when handling substances, for

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