Infection prevention and control (IPC) is a practical, evidence-based approach preventing patients, health workers and members of the public from being harmed by avoidable infections. Effective IPC requires constant action at all levels, including policymakers, facility managers, health workers and members of the public.

Without effective IPC it is impossible to achieve quality infection prevention in the workplace. Defective IPC can cause harm and can even kill so it is vital that proper infection prevention and control is understood and adhered to.

Infection Prevention and Control for the Workplace

This course is designed to help you understand how to prevent and control infection, including coronavirus, and why it is important to do so. Some of the topics covered include the chain of infection and PPE. 

The infection chain begins with the Causative Agent (the germ) – Reservoir/source (how the germ proliferates) – Means of Exit (how the germ spreads). 

PPE or Personal Protective Equipment covers the equipment necessary to prevent germs spreading and thus protecting against infection. The personal protective equipment at work regulations place a legal duty on employers to provide PPE for employees.

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