CI02 – Laboratory Infection Control Policy
A high standard of infection control is of prime importance in this laboratory. It is essential to the safety of all who come into contact with our laboratory. Every member of staff will receive training in all aspects of infection control, including decontamination of impressions, appliances and equipment, this policy must be adhered to at all times. If there is any aspect that is not clear, please ask:
The Ultimate Dental Laboratory Ltd, Laboratory Infection Control Lead.
This policy operates in conjunction with the Laboratory Health and Safety and governance policies. This policy will be reviewed at regular intervals and it is important that you understand it fully and are prepared to answer any questions that clients may ask you about it.
- Laboratory staff should be immunised against blood-borne viruses as identified by infection control risk assessment and in accordance with available industry guidance. Records of these immunisations should be retained.
- The laboratory provides appropriate protective clothing, gloves, eyewear and masks that must be worn by technicians during all production procedures. Protective clothing worn in the laboratory must not be worn outside the laboratory premises.
- Before donning gloves, hands must be washed using an anti-bacterial hand wash and/or disinfected with
- Impressions will be disinfected using Microzid (disinfectant).
- All working areas will be kept to a minimum, clearly identified and, after session, cleaned with Cif Anti-bacterial multipurpose cleaner (detergent) and disinfected using Dettol Disinfection Spray.
- In the event of an inoculation injury, the wound should if possible be made/allowed to bleed freely, then washed thoroughly under running water and covered with a waterproof dressing. The incident should be recorded in the accident book and immediately discussed with Mr Ian Barker to assess whether further action is needed. Advice on post-exposure prophylaxis can be obtained from Mr Ian Barker.
- All clinical waste must be placed in the appropriate containers provided in each area. When no more than three quarters full the containers must be securely fastened and stored in the waste room (designated area).
- All dental impressions, not marked as disinfected, must be rinsed until visibly clean and disinfected using Microzid and labelled as ‘disinfected’ before being sent to the production area. Appliances and work being returned to the dental practice should also be disinfected and labelled.
- Any accidental spillages involving a potentially hazardous substance will be reported to Mr Ian Barker
- Anyone developing a reaction to any substance compound or chemical or the protective gloves must inform Mr Ian Barker immediately.
- All staff involved with clinical procedures must receive appropriate training in all aspects of infection control including decontamination. This should be reviewed and recorded annually.
- Eating, drinking and smoking is STRICTLY PROHIBITED in any receiving, production or despatch area.
ALL STAFF WILL OBSERVE TOTAL CONFIDENTIALITY IN ALL INFORMATION RELATING
TO CLIENTS OF THE LABORATORY.
Date: 01 September 2016
Review Date: 01 September 2017