Explain own roles and responsibilities as an employee and those of the employer in the prevention and control of infection

This page is designed to answer the following questions:

NOTE: This page has been quality assured for 2021 as per our Quality Assurance policy.

Infection prevention and control in the workplace is everybody’s responsibility, especially in health and social care settings where there is increased risk of coming into contact with items such as soiled linen, bodily fluids and medication.

Since the Spring of 2020, it has become even more important for care workers to have a thorough understanding of infection control and to follow best practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employee responsibilities in infection prevention and control

Employer responsibilities in infection prevention and control

  • Create, maintain and review safe working practices
  • Inform employees of changes to working practices
  • Keeping relevant records
  • Providing information such as leaflets, posters and signage
  • Provide adequate facilities, PPE and training to employees
  • Perform risk assessments
  • Investigate reports of unsafe practices

Supporting others to follow practices that reduce the spread of infection

  • Model best practice for reducing the spread of infection (if you do not do this yourself, then others may think it is unimportant)
  • Follow organisational policies and procedures
  • Answer questions and provide advice and guidance
  • Provide training – either formal training or on-the-job training (e.g. shadowing, induction, supervision etc.)