The College of Optometrists

Practitioner responsibilities

B4
You must follow the law on Health and Safety at Work.143, 144 
B5
You must follow the regulations on substances hazardous to health.145, 146 
B6
If you are self-employed or a locum you should also comply with the practice’s reasonable rules and instructions.
B7
You must report to your employer or other appropriate person any potential risk to patients, yourself or colleagues.147
B8
You must work safely and minimise risks to patients,148 including the use of hazard control and infection control. See sections on Infection control and Use and supply of drugs or medicines in optometric practice.
B9
If you are an employee, your employer is responsible for reporting injuries and incidents.149 150 If you are self-employed the person in control of the premises (which may be you) should report such injuries or incidents. If the responsible person is not present at the time of the incident you should report it to them at the earliest opportunity.  
B10
You should report any adverse incidents. See section on Protecting patients, colleagues and others from harm
B11
You should contribute to workplace clinical audits. See section on Research and audit
B12
You should respond to requests from organisations monitoring public health. 
B13
You must act promptly if you think a patient is at risk as a result of: 
  1. lack of care 
  2. inadequate premises or equipment, or
  3. a colleague who may not be fit to practise

See section on Protecting patients, colleagues and others from harm.

B14
You should maintain your own immunisation and health. See section on Infection control
B15
You must take appropriate steps to minimise the risk of infection if you have a health condition that could pose a risk to a patient. See section on Infection control

References

143 Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
144 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians para 12.1.1 [Accessed 2 Nov 2017]
145 The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, SI 2677 [Accessed 2 Nov 2017]
146 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians para 12.1.4 [Accessed 2 Nov 2017]
147 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians paras 11.3 and 11.5 [Accessed 2 Nov 2017]
148 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians para 12.1 [Accessed 2 Nov 2017]
149 The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, SI 1471
150 Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997, SI 455

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