Infection Control Legislation

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Key Legislations on Infection Control in Work Environments

This guide provides an overview of various legislations that are crucial for managing infection control in different workplace settings.

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013

RIDDOR outlines mandatory reporting of certain occupational exposures to blood-borne viruses:

  • Reportable incidents include accidental release of a biological agent, over 3-day injuries, and worker acquisition of a virus.

Other Reportable Illnesses & Diseases

Some conditions requiring reporting:

  • Outbreaks of diarrhoea, scabies, measles, and sickness.
  • Poisonings, skin diseases like occupational dermatitis, lung diseases, infections like hepatitis, and other conditions related to infection control.

COSHH Regulations 2002

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations:

  • Apply to work with substances hazardous to health, including microorganisms.
  • Emphasize managing the risk and preventing or controlling exposure.
  • Consider personal protective equipment as a last resort.

Key Features of COSHH

Essential aspects of COSHH:

  • Identifying hazardous substances and formally assessing risks.
  • Providing health surveillance and adequate training.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Employer responsibilities under this act:

  • Ensuring a safe workplace, training staff appropriately, and providing personal protective equipment.
  • Importance of supervision and clear communication.

Infection Control in Care Homes and Hospitals

Environmental protection and waste management:

  • Developing customised infection control policies.
  • Strategies for collection and disposal of contaminated waste.

Remember to consult workplace policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations related to infection control.