Infection Prevention and Control

Infection prevention and control (IPAC) is an integral component of a workplace’s occupational health and safety program and effective strategies need to be in place for the safety and protection of workers.

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The Importance of Infection Prevention and Control

 

Over the past ten years, the health care delivery system has undergone enormous change. Often, service delivery has shifted to settings such as ambulatory clinics, work sites and clients’ homes. The historic separation between the activities of hospitals, nursing homes, physicians and other care providers have become increasingly blurred. Infection control practices must now encompass infections that clients may acquire as a result of their care or treatment — both in and outside of an acute care setting.

Infectious Disease Threat Organizational Risk Assessment (IDT ORA) Tool

 

In July 2016, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) released a plan to build a more ready and resilient health system to respond to future infectious disease threats (IDTs). The aim of the plan is to help enable the systems, structures, skills and culture to maintain readiness and to protect health care workers (HCWs) and all Ontarians. 

 

Phase one of the MOHLTC’s provincial baseline requirements includes the completion of an annual organizational risk assessment (ORA). The ORA is not meant to duplicate the extensive knowledge, resources and tools related to routine practices, pandemic planning, and well established IPAC program components. Likewise, the ORA is not meant to replace specific MOHLTC directives issued in the event of an IDT in the province. 

 

PSHSA, in collaboration with the MOHLTC, established a multi-stakeholder expert advisory/working group to support the development of a practical and scalable tool for the acute care sector.

 

The IDT ORA Tool follows a six-step risk management process and is divided into two worksheets:

1) Risk Identification and Analysis Worksheet; and

2) Risk Assessment and Management Worksheet.

 

A fillable Word version of the tool is available, consolidated into one worksheet.  Note: The use of the tool is not mandatory.  

 

It is important for organizations that elect to use the tool for their annual ORA to read the supporting guide and customize the tool to reflect their workplace, as well as the corresponding hazards and risks of exposure.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

In January 2020, a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia originating in Wuhan, China. MOHLTC indicates that there is now evidence of human-to-human transmission of this virus.

 

The situation is rapidly evolving and Public Health Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) is closely monitoring the outbreak, conducting surveillance and appropriate laboratory testing, and providing public health and infection control guidance.

 

For more information, visit pshsa.ca/covid-19Public Health Ontario and the Government of Ontario

PSHSA Resources

 

Training the Fit Tester for Respiratory Protection

 

This 4 hour program provides participants with the knowledge and skills required to conduct their own qualitative fit testing (QLFT) as required by the legislation, and as outlined by the CSA Standard Z94.4-18.

 

Respirator Fit Testing

 

If an organization has or would like to develop a respiratory protection program which includes training, PSHSA will perform on-site fit testing with or without an education component.

 

Self Assessment Tool

 

This self-assessment tool should assist healthcare organizations to address the legislated requirements under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and establish best practices and opportunities for enhancing their Occupational Health Infection Control Program.

 

Ebola PPE Checklists

 

Before using our Ebola PPE checklists, please read this essential Pre-Planning document.

 

When it comes to infectious diseases, personal protective equipment is just one important factor in protecting a worker. In times of crisis, sometimes things can be overlooked that can impact the worker, facility or even general population. These sector-specific checklists were designed to address the unique needs of: Acute Care and Emergency Medical Services. Using them in conjunction with the Pre-Planning document can eliminate risk of infection while ensuring your staff have the best possible protection.

 

Fast Facts

 

Learn more about the various elements of an effective and comprehensive infection prevention and control program.

 

Posters

 

Display your commitment to keeping workers safe from infectious diseases.

Entrepreneur blowing with a wipe at office

Entrepreneur blowing with a wipe at office

Gearing Up for Flu Season

 

Learn more about how you can help minimize the impacts of flu in your workplace.

 

Healthy Workers

 

What bed bug precautions should you take at a hotel? Answers to this and more on how to balance Work, Personal and Family life.

 

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