The College of Optometrists

Practitioner responsibilities

B5
You must follow the law on Health and Safety at Work.165, 166 
B6
You must follow the regulations on substances hazardous to health.167, 168 
B7
If you are self-employed or a locum you should also comply with the practice’s reasonable rules and instructions.
B8
You must report any potential risk to patients, yourself or colleagues to your employer or other appropriate person.169
B9
You must work safely and minimise risks to patients,170 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.
B10
If you are an employee, your employer is responsible for reporting injuries and incidents.171 172 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.  
B11
You should report any adverse incidents. See section on Protecting patients, colleagues and others from harm
B12
You should contribute to workplace clinical audits. See section on Research and audit
B13
You should respond to requests from organisations monitoring public health. 
B14
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
  3. a colleague who may not be fit to practise

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

B15
You should maintain your own immunisation and health. See section on Infection control
B16
If you have a health condition that could pose a risk to a patient, you must take appropriate steps to minimise the risk of infection. See section on Infection control

References

165 Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
166 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians para 12.1.1  [Accessed 20 Nov 2020]
167 The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, SI 2677.
168 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians para 12.1.4 [Accessed 20 Nov 2020]
169 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians paras 11.3 and 11.5 [Accessed 19 Nov 2020]
170 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians para 12.1 [Accessed 20 Nov 2020]
171 The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, SI 1471
172 Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997, SI 455

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