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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 20 September 2012
Date of Publication: 30 October 2012
Inspection Report published 30 October 2012 PDF | 77 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 looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 20 September 2012 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

The manager provided us with a copy of the infection control policy. The policy is presently being amended to reflect that it is now a Labco policy following the changes to the provider.

The manager told us that there were arrangements and licences in place for the safe collection, classification, segregation, storage, handling, transport, treatment and disposal of clinical waste in line with current waste legislation. We saw appropriate identification of waste was being applied.

The laboratory staff ensured that all deliveries of specimens for testing were transported in suitable containers that complied with British standards, this ensured they were sufficiently robust.

Couriers were used to transport the specimens from the patient clinics to the laboratory and policies were in place that demonstrated appropriate risk assessments had been undertaken to ensure they were transported safely.

There was a designated area within the laboratory for the receipt of all specimens.

Standard operating procedures were in place for the spillage of biological material and chemical spills. The procedures covered the actions to take if these occurred either in transit or in the laboratory.

There were cleaning and disinfection policies in place. Staff records demonstrated that they received training in the management of waste, disinfection and decontamination.