Infection Control Policy

About this Document

Infection control is a collective effort to maintain a healthy environment and prevent the spread of germs that can cause illness. This document outlines various methods of infection control, including:

  • Hand washing
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Actions to take when sneezing or coughing
  • Cleaning practices


Hand Washing:

To prevent the spread of germs, it is essential to keep hands clean. Handwashing should be done:

  • When hands appear dirty
  • After using the toilet
  • After sneezing, coughing, or blowing the nose
  • Before and after eating
  • After touching wounds, cuts, or bandages
  • After touching animals

Follow these steps when washing hands:

  1. Wet hands with water.
  2. Apply a small amount of soap.
  3. Scrub hands, counting to 20.
  4. Rinse hands for 10 seconds.
  5. Dry hands.

In the absence of soap and water, hand sanitizer can be used:

  1. Apply a small amount of hand sanitizer.
  2. Rub hands together.
  3. Allow the sanitizer to dry (approximately 1 minute).

Remember to clean all parts of your hands, including palms, fingertips, the top of hands, between fingers, and under nails.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

PPE includes clothing and tools designed to safeguard against germs. Workers may wear PPE such as face masks, gloves, and aprons. Occasionally, you may need to wear PPE, like a face mask when sick. It’s crucial that PPE fits properly, and any discomfort or fitting issues should be communicated.


What to Do if You Sneeze or Cough:

Cover your mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and dispose of the tissue. If a tissue is unavailable, use your elbow (not your hands). Wash hands immediately after coughing or sneezing.


Cleaning Up:

Maintaining cleanliness is vital for preventing germ spread. Offices are regularly cleaned for safety. If workers assist in your home, they will clean various areas, including the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and other living spaces. You can communicate your cleaning needs and preferences at any time, and workers are trained to provide the necessary cleaning assistance.

Your safety and well-being are prioritized through these infection control measures.