Building service contractors (BSCs) engaged in delivering services to healthcare sites face potential litigation if they fail to deliver adequate cross-contamination cleaning hygiene standards, warns industry RTO Lennox Institute. This important issue will be addressed at the AUSCLEAN Convention 2011, 27 and 28 September.
One of Australia’s leading healthcare acquired infection experts, Judy Forrest, will be conducting a Lennox Institute workshop focussed on the challenges of infection control for cleaners in a health or aged care environment.
“The potentially infectious nature of all blood and body substances necessitates the implementation of infection control practices and policies. In Australia, infection control guidelines have been developed based on the US’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention model, in terms of ‘standard precautions’ and transmission based precautions,” explains Lennox Institute’s general manager sales and marketing, Paul Morrall.
Standard precautions ensure a high level of protection against transmission of blood borne viruses in the health and aged care setting and the universal application reduces the potential for stigma and discrimination.
For cleaners, not only is there personal safety issues but there may be a legal liability if adequate care has not been taken to prevent the transmission or cross contamination of infection in the health or aged care setting.
Regulatory authorities, including environmental protection services and Commonwealth, State/Territory and local governments, enforce laws and regulations relating to infection control and waste disposal.
“If you are actively engaged or involved with the delivery of cleaning services in a health or aged care facility then this workshop is for you.
“Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion and if required, upon application and an assessment, receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment for HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures,” Morrall notes.
Numbers are limited so book early to ensure a space for you and your team. To learn more about AUSCLEAN Convention’s seminar and workshop programmes, and to register, go to: