Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre :: Occupational / Staff Health and Infection Control :: Sioux Lookout, Ontario

Occupational / Staff Health and Infection Control

Infection Prevention and Control

The primary goal of the infection prevention control program is to protect clients/patients/residents, staff and visitors from hospital associated infections. The Infection Prevention and Control department actively monitors and promotes best practices in infection prevention and control. Research based infection prevention and control measures are managed through a collaborative approach within a multidisciplinary team that includes clients and their families, health care workers, and physicians. The core function of the infection prevention and control is to focus on strategies to protect client/patients/residents, staff and others from exposure to infections. These strategies include audits, policies and procedures development, education, product review, reprocessing and environmental cleaning practice reviews. Infection prevention and Control is responsible for surveillance of best practice measures throughout the hospital and actively monitors patient care unit to ensure these best practice protocols are followed. Information and data collected is shared with the multidisciplinary team, managers, physicians and appropriate committees.

Infection Prevention and Control has an important role in construction and renovation throughout the hospital. We use a multidisciplinary team approach to evaluate all construction and renovations projects and provide expertise and recommendation to minimize client exposure. All project are monitored through out to ensure all standards and requirements are followed.

Occupational Health and Safety

The Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Center is extremely interested in the health and safety of its employees. Protection of employees from injury or occupational disease is a major objective. The Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre will make every effort to provide a safe, healthy work environment for all employees. All supervisors and workers must be dedicated to the continuing objective of reducing injury.

The primary responsibility of the Occupational Health department is the health and safety of the organization and its employees. The core function of the program concentrates on safe work practices, safe work conditions, proper hygiene practices and the control of infections. Elements of the program include monitoring worker training, workplace inspections, the prevention of occupational disease, maintenance and repairs, housekeeping, personal protective equipment, and an immunization program.

Supervisors will be held accountable for the health and safety of workers under their supervision. Supervisors are responsible to ensure that machinery and equipment are safe and that workers work in compliance with established safe work practices and procedures and that workers receive adequate training in their specific work tasks to protect their health and safety. Supervisors are responsible to ensure workers wear any, and all, personal protective equipment required for their job.

Every worker must protect his or her own health and safety by working in compliance with the law and with safe work practices and procedures established by the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre.