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Infection - prevention is better than cure

25 September 2020

AS A matter of course, all companies should offer their employees infection prevention and control training to help reduce the spread of infections in the workplace. Not only is it good hygiene practice, it can also help businesses reduce the impact of sickness absence. 

While infection prevention and control training is common practice in many industries such as care and hospitality it extends to all businesses, particularly in an office where the spread of infections can happen very quickly. 

We come into contact with millions of micro-organisms every day. If a single door handle is contaminated by an infectious disease it can spread around a building within as little as two to four hours. The area roughly the size of 4 keys on a computer keyboard carries more than three thousand bacteria. Taking steps to help maintain a clean, infection-free environment is key to avoiding the spread of infection and effective training also plays a vital part in this.

As a market-leading provider of workplace eLearning, iHASCO’s Infection Prevention and Control training course has seen a major visual update. Improvements include the use of superior graphics and animations to ensure high user engagement, alongside a tidied up script to deliver the course in 40 minutes and it’s CPD approved.

Course content includes:

  • What infections are
  • Who’s at risk of infection
  • Where infections come from
  • How infections spread
  • What is the chain of infection and how it can be broken
  • How to prevent infections (which includes hand washing, using PPE appropriately, disposing of waste safely and keeping your environment clean).

There are two versions of this programme, with one specifically written for the care sector, which incorporates more relevant imagery in a care environment rather than an office. There are some script variations between the 2 versions to ensure relevance but the key, quality information is the same.

“Our course updates are treated as new projects and take us 3-4 months to complete, so rest assured that the quality and accuracy of this programme is of the highest standard” says Lottie Galvin, Studio Manager at iHASCO. “As we are all so conscious of the risks of infection-spread at this time, we hope that all organisations can use this course as a tool for implementing best hygiene practices and for gaining vital knowledge on reducing infections.”

Businesses and individuals have an important role in preventing the spread of infection, as well as a duty as it falls under health and safety at work. Highlighting its importance now and into the future will be to the benefit of all.

For more information visit www.ihasco.co.uk/