Infection Control and Complaint Inspections in Institutions

Policy

Category: Control of Infectious Diseases
Subject: Infection Control and Complaint Inspections in Institutions
Division: Health Protection
Policy Number: CA.82.01.134
Effective Date: October 1, 2015

POLICY STATEMENT

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) Control of Infectious Diseases (CID) Program shall complete daycare infection control inspections at all licensed daycares on a routine basis and as outlined in the Infection Prevention and Control in Licensed Day Nurseries Protocol and  shall complete infection control inspections in all institutions (hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, shelters, etc.) whenever there is a declared outbreak in the facility or an infection control complaint about the facility has been received by WDGPH. Infection control inspections will review components of food safety and infection control practices within the facility as outlined in the Health Protection and Promotion Act and in accordance with the Food Premises Regulation (0. Reg. 562), the Food Safety Protocol, the Infection Prevention and Control Practices Complaint Protocol, the Institutional/Facility Outbreak Prevention and Control Protocol (as current).

SCOPE

This policy applies to all Public Health Inspectors, Public Health Nurses, and students working within the CID program. 

DEFINITIONS

Institution – A public or private place for the care of adults, children, residents, or patients. For the purpose of this policy, institutions include, but are not limited to, hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, shelters, and daycares. 

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Corresponding Procedure:  N/A
Health Protection and Promotion Act
Food Safety Protocol (as current)
Food Premises Regulation (O. Reg 562)
Infection Prevention and Control Practices Complaint Protocol (as current)
Institutional/Facility Outbreak Prevention and Control Protocol (as current)
Infection Prevention and Control in Licensed Day Nurseries Protocol (as current)
Risk Assessment and Inspection of Facilities Protocol (as current)
A Guide to the Control of Respiratory Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Homes (MOHLTC, as current)
Control of Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Homes (MOHLTC, as current)
Hedgehog Processes and Procedures: Inspector/PHN Role (2014)

CONTACT FOR INQUIRIES

Manager, Control of Infectious Diseases and Tuberculosis

APPROVED BY

Director, Health Protection