Health and Safety Policy Infection Control Painswick Playgroup

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					                   Painswick Playgroup
        Health and Safety Policy: Infection Control
                                  Premises

Statement of Intent

Painswick Playgroup understands the importance to stop the spread of
infection and communicable diseases.

Aim

Painswick Playgroup aim to follow rigorous methods detailed below to prevent
the spread of infection or communicable diseases.

Methods

Immunisations
At the time of registration, parents/carers will be asked to provide information
regarding their child's immunisation programme.
Information regarding recommended Immunisation Programmes can be made
available to parents/carers on request.

Head Lice

If staff notice that a child may have head lice then the Playgroup Leader will
have a confidential discussion with the parent/carer to highlight the infection.
Painswick Playgroup will inform other parents/carers that there is an infection
by distributing copies of 'The Prevention and Treatment of Head Lice' leaflet,
available from the Health Protection Agency.

Other illness and infections

See Illness and Medical Emergency Policy. Painswick Playgroup will follow
the ‘Guidelines for the Control of Infection Control and Communicable
Disease in Nurseries and Other Institutional Early Years Settings in
Gloucestershire regarding information about all other illnesses and infections,
their relevant exclusion periods and whether or not they are notifiable
diseases.
If there is an outbreak of an infectious disease, the Playgroup Leader will
inform the Gloucestershire Health Protection Unit. Advice can also be sought
from the School Health Service.

Food Hygiene
See Food and Drink Policy




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Handwashing
Handwashing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of
infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea, vomiting or respiratory
disease. At Painswick Playgroup we use liquid soap, water and paper towels.
Staff will cover all cuts and abrasions with waterproof plasters.

Coughing and Sneezing
Painswick Playgroup will encourage all children and adults to cover their
mouth and nose, preferably with a tissue, when coughing or sneezing as this
easily spreads infections. It is good practice to also wash hands after using or
disposing of tissues.
Spitting will be discouraged at all times.

Nappy changing and Toileting
Staff will wear gloves and aprons whenever changing nappies and will always
wash their hands thoroughly afterwards. Children and staff will wash hands
following assisting a child to the toilet.
Posters are displayed at each sink within the playgroup, encouraging people
to wash their hands.
The toilet areas will be cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis – different mops
and coloured cloths always being used.
Clinical waste will be disposed of on a daily basis.

Spilled bodily fluids
Bodily fluids will be cleaned up by using paper towels, which will be disposed
in the clinical waste bag. The affected area will then be cleaned and sterilised
as appropriate. Gloves and aprons will always be worn to avoid cross
contamination to the adult.

Cleaning and sterilisation
At the end of each session, staff or volunteers undertake a rigorous cleaning
routine of each area of the playgroup. The toilet area is cleaned and sterilised
at the end of each session.
To clean anything, detergent must be used and if sterilisation is required, we
would clean and then bleach an area. Cleaning products will be stored in a
locked cupboard under the kitchen sink. They will always be out of reach of
the children/public and will be separate from the food preparation area.
Toys and other equipment are also regularly cleaned.

Outside
Children and staff are encouraged to wash their hands after being outside,
particularly if they come in contact with any animals, soil and water.
Ofsted and Environmental Health Agency will be informed of an outbreak of
any communicable disease.
Parents/carers are informed of what a communicable or infectious disease is
via a poster on the wall.


This policy had been adopted by Painswick Playgroup.


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