This page is designed to answer the following questions:
- 15.1c Explain how their own health or hygiene might pose a risk to the individuals they support or work with (Care Certificate, Standard 15: Infection prevention and control)
- 4.5 Demonstrate ways to ensure that own health and hygiene do not pose a risk to others at work (Level 2 Diploma in Care, Health, safety and wellbeing in care settings)
You can reduce the risk of infection to the individuals that you care for and others in your workplace by maintaining a high standard of personal health and hygiene.
You should wash your hands regularly and use correct technique to ensure pathogens are not passed between individuals via your hands.
You should ensure that you wear suitable clothing and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by your employer. You should also ensure that you follow your employer’s agreed ways of working.
Clothes should be changed daily and you should also bathe or shower regularly.
Any cuts should be dressed with waterproof plasters and if you are unwell you should contact your manager for advice before coming into work. If you have diarrhea or vomiting, you should inform your manager that you will not be coming into work and not return to work until 48 hours after the symptoms have ended.
You should also try to maintain good habits, such as avoiding hand contact with your face, especially nail biting.