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Infectious Disease Control

ARS Staff prevents and controls the spread of infections within the workplace, ensuring the safety and well-being of employees, visitors, and the community.

 

The Chief Learning Officer assures training for all employees on infection control measures, including proper hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The monthly newsletter  reinforces infection control best practices on a regular basis.

 

Supervisors encourage regular and thorough handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. The Facilities staff  provide appropriate soap and appropriate hand towels in all facilities and hand sanitizer when needed. Supervisors promote proper cough and sneeze etiquette by covering the mouth and nose with a tissue or the elbow and the dispose of used tissues immediately and wash hands afterward.

 

The Residential Services Manager establishes a routine cleaning schedule for common areas, workspaces, and frequently touched surfaces in residential facilities. The Facilities Coordinator will establish a routine cleaning schedule in outpatient facilities and administrative offices.

 

Staff will use approved disinfectants and follow manufacturer instructions for effective disinfection.

 

Every facility has waste bins for the disposal of used tissues, gloves, masks, and other potentially contaminated waste. Waste bins in residential facilities are emptied daily.

 

Residential patients who present with symptoms of illness will be masked and possibly isolated depending on the severity of symptoms to prevent the spread of infections. The Residential Services Director will consult with the Program Manager to determine appropriate action to be taken consistent with the Communicable Disease Management policy.

 

A patient who refuses to comply with this procedure will be discharged.

 

Supervisors will encourage employees to stay up-to-date with recommended vaccinations, such as flu shots and COVID vaccines to prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. The employee newsletter will remind employees of this protocol and encourage vaccinations.

 

Employees will report to the supervisor  any incidents or concerns related to infection control.

The supervisor will document any concern and submit it to the Program Manager for resolution.


 

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