C2 Staff Health and Safety

Summary

  • Infection protection for healthcare workers should be an integral part of the infection prevention and control and occupational health and safety programs of every healthcare facility.
  • This includes implementing a staff health screening policy, promoting immunisation, instituting extra protection for healthcare workers in specific circumstances (e.g. pregnant healthcare workers), and having processes for minimising and managing risk exposure.
  • While the organisation has a duty of care to healthcare workers, staff members also have a responsibility to protect themselves and to not put others at risk.