Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

Dental Health Acting Program Manager: Mr Nicholas Greer
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 pm
Telephone +61 3 3941 1420

Ms. Sandra Torbica 
Office hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30 to 4:30 pm
Telephone +61 3 3941 1408


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

A combination of learning activities will support student’s learning in this unit, such as;

  • Facilitator led classroom based lecture and or workshop using PowerPoint Presentations
  • Demonstration and classroom discussion
  • Facilitator led practical clinical demonstration
  • Group discussions
  • Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises
  • Practical clinical practice, peer evaluation/feedback session
  • Online learning resources accessed via myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard)
  • including online tests or quizzes
  • Practical clinical practice, peer evaluation/feedback session
  • Written classroom tasks
  • Self managed research to support completion of Infection Control Project
  • Work based learning and experience in infection control and application in dental practice

Teaching Schedule

This unit is scheduled for delivery for both Trainee Groups and Non Trainee Groups as per the timetable issued
in Phase 1 Day 1 and is also located on BlackBoard. The classes will be delivered over the first 2 Phases of the program,
on level 3 or 2 of Building 154 (within the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne). Notification will be provided via student
email if the date or location change.

The following schedule is as per the timetable issued on Phase 1 Day 1 and is provided on BlackBoard (subject to change at
the discretion of RMIT,in this event notification will be provided to your student email).

Phase 1
 Microbiology lecture: (Facilitator led class work shop/revision quiz)
Infection control workshop/practical session: ( Practrical demonstratation and student practical participation).

Phase 2
Students complete the following assessments:

  • 1. Written Test Phase 2
  • 2. Infection Control Practical Assessment
  • 3. HLTIN301C Comply with Infection Control Policies and Procedures Project
  • 4. HLTIN301C The Poster

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Bird. D. & Robinson D (2014) Torres & Ehrlich Modern Dental Assisting, 11th Ed. W.B.

Scheller, Carmen (2011) Basic Guide to Dental Instruments 2nd Ed. Blackwell UK

Zwemer, T.J. (2013) Mosby’s Dental Dictionary, 3rd Ed. Mosby Inc., Sydney

Australian Dental Association Inc (2012) ADA Guidelines for Infection Control, 2nd Ed.


Other Resources

 Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources.
Students will be provided with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard).

  • RMIT Studies (Blackboard) for RMIT Online resources.
  • RMIT Library for textbooks and other resources.
  • RMIT Library (Dental Guides):  
  • Workplace Procedure Manuals and Workplace checklists.

RMIT provides all students with an extension range of online and campus based study support services ranging from:

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

1. Written Test Phase 2 as per timetable.
The written test will  be conducted under supervision at RMIT under exam conditions.
2. Infection Control Practical Assessment Phase 2 as per timetable.

To undertake a practical clinical assessment (simulation) scheduled in Phase 2, students
MUST present for the assessment process as follows:

  • Appropriate clinical attire (no shorts, jeans or tracksuit pants, no bare midriff, no singlet tops).
  • Footwear fully covered in leather/vinyl (not suede) clinical footwear.
  • Hair is to be contained by tying back or in appropriate hair cover. 
  • Fingernails must be short and clean and no nail varnish to be worn.
  • No artificial fingernails are to be worn
  • The wearing of henna is acceptable. 
  • No jewellery to be worn on the hands or wrists. Wedding rings or jewellery that cannot be removed for
    cultural reasons must be taped with an appropriate waterproof tape.
  • All cuts/ skin abrasions on the hands or wrists must be covered with a waterproof dressing

A student that is non-compliant with any of the above requirements will not be permitted to undertake practical exercise
or assessment at the scheduled time. The student will be rescheduled to undertake assessment at a later date.

3. HLTIN301C Comply with Infection Control Policies and Procedures Project  Phase 2 as per timetable.
The Infection Control Project is issued on Phase 1, student’s research and complete the Infection Control Project which is the
collation of infection control resources for a dental practice. This project is submitted on Phase 2 as per timetable.

4. HLTIN301C The Poster Phase 2 as per timetable.
The poster is issued in Phase 2. During the waiting time for practical assessments, students are allocated the classroom
or computer lab for completion of their Individual Poster tasks. Students are issued with the A3 size paper and poster
requirements. Poster is based on hand hygiene and PPE. The completed poster and the display book project must be submitted
with an assessment cover sheet to the teacher at the end of the session.

You will attempt the practical assessments under supervision of the teacher and you will be graded with either a
S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Yet Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines outlined in the HLTIN301C Assessment Overview.

The HLTIN301C Assessment Overview is issued document is issued in Phase 1 as per timetable and provides information of
classes and assessments. Checklists for the practical assessments are also made available of the items that will be observed
in the simulated practical assessment.

Assessment Matrix

To achieve a grade of CA (Competency achieved) for the unit HLTIN301C/HWSS5655C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
you are required to obtain a pass result for all the following theoretical and practical assessments.

1. Written Test Phase 2 as per timetable
The written test Phase 2 is conducted under the supervision at RMIT and under exam conditions and a pass mark of 70% is required.

2. HLTIN301C Infection Control Practical Assessment Phase 2 as per timetable

3. HLTIN301C Comply with Infection Control Policies and Procedures Project Phase 2 as per timetable

4. HLTIN301C The Poster Phase 2 as per timetable

Failure to complete any of the above listed tasks/assessments will result in an NYC (Not yet competent) for the unit
HLTIN301C/HWSS5655C Comply with infection control policies and procedures . A NYC result will be entered in the
student record. This will result in non-completion of this unit of competency and re-enrolment will be required incurring fees
and a return to class work and completion of any relevant assessments at the time of the re-enrolment.

(The Assessment process must be finalised and a result entered by the end of the RMIT enrolment unit for HLTIN301C/HWSS5655C
Comply with infection control policies and procedures).

Other Information

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. 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 (electronic or paper based), you are declaring that the work is not plagiarised.

Special consideration

Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website  if they believe that to complete assessment for this unit by the
submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control. Special consideration must be lodged prior
to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date.
The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

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