The College of Optometrists

Key points

  • Infection control is concerned with two main areas. Firstly, transmission from person to person, and secondly, transmission via a contaminated object.
  • You must ensure that a safe environment is provided to deliver care to your patients. 
  • You must follow appropriate infection controls, including hand hygiene.
  • You should keep up-to-date with immunisations.
  • You must use and dispose of sharps safely.
  • You should be aware of situations of increased concern, including patients with transmissible infections.
  • You should use routine infection control precautions, including decontaminating equipment that comes into contact with patients.
  • You should know the measures to take in case of accident.
  • You must dispose of waste safely.
This Guidance does not change what you must do under the law.

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