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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 27 February 2013
Date of Publication: 21 March 2013
Inspection Report published 21 March 2013 PDF | 76.61 KB

People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

How this check was done

We carried out a visit on 27 February 2013, talked with staff and reviewed information we asked the provider to send to us.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

The laboratory at TPS was located on the first floor. Offices and rest room were on the ground floor. The premises appeared clean and well maintained.

We observed staff wore personal protection such as laboratory coats and gloves in biohazard areas. We noted staff removed coats and gloves when moving between biohazard areas and clean areas such as the offices or rest room. This was to reduce the spread of infection and protect staff.

Staff told us a contractor was employed to clean the premises. Staff said the cleaner attended every Saturday to carry out their duties in the presence of another staff member. Laboratory staff told us they were responsible for above floor level cleaning and undertook this on a regular basis. We saw the premises cleaning specification and service cleaning procedures. These made reference to the 'Safe working and prevention of infection in clinical laboratories (1991). The provider may find it useful to note that this guidance has been superseded.

We observed clinical waste was stored securely outside the premises. An authorised waste contractor was employed to remove clinical waste from the location.