Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5655C

Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3299 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Ms. Suzanne Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator Ms Eleanor Schroeder: Phone - 03 9341 1412 OR email

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not applicable

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to comply with infection control policies and procedures. All procedures must be carried out in accordance with current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards for maintaining infection control and the policies and procedures of the organisation

This unit acknowledges the importance of complying with an effective infection control strategy that ensures the safety of the client (or end-user of health-related products/services), maintains personal protection and prevents the transmission of infections from person to person.  All tasks must be carried out in accordance with State or Territory legislative requirements that affect work practices of the organisation and/or worker

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures


1. Follow infection control guidelines


2. Identify and respond to infection risks


3. Maintain personal hygiene


4. Use personal protective equipment


5. Limit contamination


6. Handle, package, label, store, transport and dispose of clinical and other waste


7. Clean environmental surfaces

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Demonstrate the application of standard precautions to prevent the spread of infection in accordance with organisation requirements
1.2 Demonstrate the application of additional precautions when standard precautions alone may not be sufficient to prevent transmission of infection
1.3 Minimise contamination of materials, equipment and instruments by aerosols and splatter

2.1 Identify infection risks and implement an appropriate response within own role and responsibility
2.2 Document and report activities and tasks that put clients and/or other workers at risk
2.3 Respond appropriately to situations that pose an infection risk in accordance with the policies and procedures of the organisation
2.4 Follow procedures for risk control and risk containment for specific risks
2.5 Follow protocols for care following exposure to blood or other body fluids as required
2.6 Place appropriate signs when and where appropriate
2.7 Remove spills in accordance with the policies and procedures of the organisation

3.1 Maintain hand hygiene by washing hands before and after client contact and/or after any activity likely to cause contamination
3.2 Follow handwashing procedures
3.3 Implement hand care procedures
3.4 Cover cuts and abrasions with water-proof dressings and change as necessary

4.1 Wear personal protective clothing and equipment that complies with Australian/New Zealand Standards, and is appropriate for the intended use
4.2 Change protective clothing and gowns/aprons daily, more frequently if soiled and where appropriate, after each client contact

5.1 Demarcate and maintain clean and contaminated zones in all aspects of health care work
5.2 Confine records, materials and medicaments to a well-designated clean zone
5.3 Confine contaminated instruments and equipment to a well-designated contaminated zone

6.1 Wear appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment in accordance with occupational health and safety policies and procedures when handling waste
6.2 Separate waste at the point where it has been generated and dispose of into waste containers that are colour coded and identified
6.3 Store clinical or related waste in an area that is accessible only to authorised persons
6.4 Handle, package, label, store, transport and dispose of waste appropriately to minimise potential for contact with the waste and to reduce the risk to the environment from accidental release
6.5 Dispose of waste safely in accordance with policies and procedures of the organisation and legislative requirements

7.1 Wear personal protective clothing and equipment during cleaning procedures
7.2 Remove all dust, dirt and physical debris from work surfaces
7.3 Clean all work surfaces with a neutral detergent and warm water solution before and after each session or when visibly soiled
7.4 Decontaminate equipment requiring special processing in accordance with quality management systems to ensure full compliance with cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation protocols
7.5 Dry all work surfaces before and after use
7.6 Replace surface covers where applicable
7.7 Maintain and store cleaning equipment

Details of Learning Activities

Unit HLTIN301C is a prerequisite unit for the following units of competency:

HLTIN302C Process reusable instruments & equipment in health work
HLTDA303D Prepare for and assist in oral health care procedures
HLTDA304D Assist with dental radiography
HLTDA306D Assist with administration in dental practice
Failure to complete the unit with a CA (competency achieved) will result in non-progression of the student in the certificate III dental assisting program until competency is achieved.

Facilitator led classroom based lecture program (microbiology & clinical infection control in dental practice)

Demonstration and class discussion/workshop on Standard Precautions - PPE (personal protective equipment placement and removal)

Facilitator led practical clinical demonstration & simulation activity in barrier placement, non-touch retrieval techniques, environmental cleaning, HVE placement for efficient aerosol management , hand hygiene - washing & application/use of alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) in the work environment.

Activity using UV lights for demonstration of effective hand washing technique

Practical clinical practise, peer evaluation/feedback session in barrier placement and removal, efficient use of HVE (high velocity evacuation) for minimisation of aerosol, practise in PPE placement and removal, practise in hand washing technique/use of ABHR.

Self managed research to support completion of Study Guide and Third Party Evidence Declaration to assist consolidation of underpinning skills and knowledge

Practical Clinical assessment session with RMIT Assessor

Written assessment

Work based learning and experience in clinical infection control skills and knowledge and application and relevance of these in the dental industry

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule:

Block 1, days 1, 2 & 3

  • 1 hour Facilitator led classroom based lecture program - introduction to microbiology & clinical infection control in dental practice
  • 3 hour Facilitator led, classroom based lecture program in microbiology & clinical infection control in dental practice.
  • 1 hour - Facilitator led demonstration and class discussion/workshop on each individual item of PPE (personal protective equipment placement, removal & importance of each piece of equipment and correct times to implement hand hygiene during PPE protocol)
  • 1 hour - practical clinical demonstration & simulation in barrier placement, non-touch retrieval techniques,environmental cleaning,suction and waterline management and HVE placement for effective aerosol management
  • 2 hour - practical activities including hand hygiene demonstration (handwashing & ABHR) and student participation in activity using UV light system, clinical practise in barrier placement and removal technique, clinical practise in PPE placement and removal.
  • 1 hour tutorial - discussion of summary of class work - main themes and effective completion of Study Guide and preparation for successful assessment outcome in this unit of competency 
  • 8 &1/4 hours - self managed research using prescribed and recommended texts to support completion of Study Guide questions (non compulsory) and third party evidence document (complulsory) and consolidation of underpinning knowledge to support positive outcomes in practical and written assessment for this unit of competency. The Study Guide  and Third Party Evidence Declaration document are available to all students enrolled in this unit of competency for access via RMIT Blackboard program C3299, block 1 resources, unit HLTIN301C..

Please note:The Third Party Evidence Document has been designed for workplace implementation. Completion of the document provides a student with the opportunity to gain constructive feedback from Supervisors/mentors and allows the Supervisor/mentor to evaluate the student’s progress and provide the RMIT teacher/assessor with any relevant feedback as to the progress and application and development of the student’s skills and knowledge in infection control in the workplace.

The Study Guide and third party evidence document are aligned directly with the desired learning outcomes of this unit of competency and as such will provide students with study direction and focus in work based training.

Block 2, Day 2 -

  • 10-15 minute practical clinical assessment session with RMIT Assessor. Written feedback will be provided to student and the workplace supervisor (only provided to WPS if student on traineeship) following the assessment outcome.
  • 1.5 hour  written assessment - developed against all 7 Elements/Learning Outcomes for Unit HLTIN301C

Nominal total hours = 20 hours

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed Texts
Bird. D. & Robinson D (2011) Torres & Ehrlich Modern Dental Assisting, 10th Ed. W.B.
ADA Guidelines for Infection Control second edition, 2012


Other Resources

Other Resources
RMIT Blackboard via MY RMIT

RMIT online learning Hub
Australian Standards AS/NZS 4815 (2006), Document available at

Australian Dental Association Vic Branch (2005) Systematic Operating Procedures A manual for infection control and operational safety for the dental practice.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all chemicals, medicaments and materials used at your dental practice
Journals, Brochures, Pamphlets, Periodicals, Newspapers

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include demonstration of underpinning skills and knowledge, assessment activities may include quizzes, project work, poster work, practical demonstration and written work.

Assessment Tasks


RMIT University requires that you present only YOUR work for assessment. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own.
Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.

Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the coversheet to submit your learning guide, you are declaring that the work is not plagiarised.

Assessments incorporated in this unit of competency include: 

• Authenticated evidence of relevant work experience and/or formal/informal learning - Third Party Evidence

  • Simulated Practical Assessment
  • Written Assessment
  • Third Party Evidence

Assessment Matrix

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