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Infection Prevention and Outbreak Control

Facilitator’s Dialogue



  • Decrease injuries and illness related to biological hazards in the workplace

  • Increase awareness of the risks related to unidentified and uncontrolled biological hazards

  •  Reinforce infection prevention and control concepts and individual responsibilities for a safe workplace
  • As a team, develop solutions to eliminate hazards and the risks associated with biological hazards


Pose the following questions to the staff and discuss and confirm the answers as a group:

Breaking the chain of infection: ASK

  • How can infections be spread in your work area? (Answer: air borne droplets, contact hand to mouth, through open areas in skin)

  • What steps do you as an individual take to control or eliminate them? (Answer: hand washing/hygiene/vaccination, staying home when sick)

  • When is the most important time to wash your hands (Answer: 4 key points – before entering the patient environment, after contact with body fluids, before aseptic technique and before leaving the patient environment)

  • How long should you wash your hands each time (Answer: at least 30 seconds i.e., as long as the Happy Birthday song - twice)

  • How do you know that you are putting on and taking off personal protective equipment in the right order, and safely? (Answer: descriptions on precautions posters, peer/self-checks of technique)

Hand washing audit results:

  • Ask – Are you aware of vaccination rates in your area? Vaccines are available free to all employees

  • Ask – Are you aware of the infection rate in your area?

  • Ask – Are you aware of the hand washing audits & results? Are they acceptable? Are your aware of the hand hygiene compliance rate in your area – when is it acceptable not to wash your hands?

  • Ask – How many times do you think a person in health care should be washing their hands every day? (Answer: 30 – 100 times) 

  • Say - Preliminary hand washing audit results indicate that in Healthcare hand washing both before and after patient contact happens less than 40% of the times it should. Addressing this problem is our best way to increase prevention

Outbreaks can be prevented

February Safety Talk.docx

Facilitator Dialogue.docx


Injury/Illness Reporting & Investigation


Should all accidents be reported and investigated?             -        YES!                            

All accidents need to be reported, including near misses or hazardous situations. Identifying near misses can prevent future accidents.

When an accident/incident happens, all workers are responsible for:

  1. Reporting it to your supervisor (Group or VS Leader) immediately
  2. Seeking medical or first aid attention – From Org Health or the Emergency Department if necessary
  3. Filling out a Workplace Incident Report
  4. Participating in the accident investigation to assist in determining causes and prevention strategies

 Incident Report Form TIPS

  • Fill out each section completely and honestly
  • Describe each aspect of the incident in as much detail as possible
  • If there is not enough room on the form, attach additional pages
  • Request a written report of the witnesses (include with report)

 Accident Investigations:

  • Are most accurate when completed immediately; as time elapses, our memory often forgets important details.
  • Visit the scene of the incident to determine details of where it occurred, witnesses and equipment involved.
  • Your supervisor is responsible for interviewing all workers involved. During this interview, it is important to be open and honest and to provide as much information and detail as possible. Questions may include; but are not limited to who, what, where, when, how and why.


BCHS is also required to report to The Ministry of Labour if an accident results in a critical injury.

Remember: Report all unsafe acts, conditions or incidents immediately whether or not a person has actually been hurt.

January Safety Talk.docx

Facilitator Dialogue.docx