Course Title: Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2017

Class Number: See specific class number

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Course Code: OHTH5930C

Course Title: Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3393 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Ms. Suzanne Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 25

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


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

This unit applies to individuals working in health and direct client care contexts.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


1. Follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow hand hygiene practices in accordance with organisations policies and procedures
1.2 Implement hand care procedures and cover cuts and abrasions
1.3 Follow organisation procedures for choice and use of personal protection equipment
1.4 Follow procedures for respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
1.5 Follow procedures for environmental cleaning
1.6 Follow procedures for handling, transporting and processing of linen in a manner that controls the spread of infection
1.7 Follow procedures for disposal of contaminated waste
1.8 Follow procedures for handling and cleaning client equipment that prevents skin and mucous membrane exposures, contamination of clothing, and transfer of pathogens
1.9 Identify and respond to situations where additional precautions may be required to prevent transmission of infection


2. Identify infection hazards and assess risks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify infection hazards associated with own role and work environment
2.2 Identify own areas of responsibility in relation to infection prevention and control
2.3 Assess risk by determining the likelihood and severity of harm from identified hazards.
2.4 Document and report activities and tasks that put self, clients, visitors and/or other workers at risk
2.5 Identify appropriate control measures to minimise risk in accordance with organisations procedures


3. Follow procedures for managing risks associated with specific hazards

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Follow protocols for care after exposure to blood or other body fluids as required
3.2 Place appropriate signs when and where appropriate
3.3 Remove spills in accordance with the policies and procedures of the organisation
3.4 Minimise contamination of materials, equipment and instruments by aerosols and splatter
3.5 Identify, separate and maintain clean and contaminated zones
3.6 Confine records, materials and medicaments to a well-designated clean zone
3.7 Confine contaminated instruments and equipment to a well-designated contaminated zone

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements. 

Details of Learning Activities

A combination of learning activities have been designed to help students to achieve learning outcomes of this unit:

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

Teaching Schedule

This unit is scheduled for delivery of 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, RMIT (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 & Infection Control lecture (Facilitator led class work shop/classroom activities/revision quiz)

Phase 1 Microbiology & Infection control workshop/practical session, clustered with OHTH 5908C/HLTWHS001 (Practical demonstration and student practical participation).

Phase 1 Microbiology & Infection control workshop/practical session, clustered with OHTH 5908C/HLTWHS001 (Practical demonstration and student practical participation).

Phase 2 Day 2 students complete the following assessments:

  • Written test
  • Simulated Practical Assessment 

Post Phase 3 - Workplace Assessment 1 and Workplace Assessment 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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).

Overview of Assessment

Before the critical aspects of evidence are considered all prerequisites must be met.

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit,
manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

followed established organisation infection prevention and control procedures on at least 3 separate occasions

followed established organisation infection prevention and control procedures at least once for each of the following:

Assessment:  Task 1

Written test

Assessment:Task 2

Simulated Practical Assessment

Assessment: Task 3

Workplace Assessment 1

Assessment: Task 4

Workplace Assessment 2


To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, students will need to complete all the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. 


1. HLTINF001 Infection Control Written test

This is conducted on Phase 2 Day 2 as per timetable.The written test will be conducted under supervision at RMIT under exam conditions. Detailed information will be discussed with students during their attendance to lectures. 

In order to achieve a Satisfactory result, student must score 60% of the overall mark. Feedback to students will be provided via Grade Centre on Blackboard. 


2.HLTINF001 Infection Control Simulated Practical Assessment 

This is conducted on Day 2 Phase 2 as per timetable. Students will be assessed on infection prevention and control in a simulated clinical dental environment.

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 which will result in assessment being rescheduled. Workplace supervisor will be informed of this via email or phone call. 

Student will attempt the practical assessments under supervision of the assessor and they will be graded with either a S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Yet Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines and criteria outlined in the HLTINF001 Assessment Overview. 

All assessment criteria must be successfully completed in order to achieve a Satisfactory result.

Student will receive verbal feedback on this assessment. 


3. HLTINF001 Workplace Assessment 1 and Workplace Assessment 2

This is conducted after Phase 3. Allocated assessor will contact the student and/or Workplace Assessor for discussion and scheduling of the suitable time for this assessment. Student knowledge and skills will be observed in the workplace based on two separate performances completed on the same day. Detailed information will be provided to students during their class attendance.

Students will attempt the workplace assessments under supervision of the assessor and they will be graded with either a S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Yet Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines and criteria outlined in the HLTINF001 Assessment Overview. 

All assessment criteria must be successfully completed in order to achieve a Satisfactory result.

Student will receive verbal feedback on both of these assessments.




Assessment Matrix


Other Information

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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.


RMIT Assessment Appeal Process

Students may appeal against their assessment result as per the information via the RMIT website. The Appeals Against Assessment policy and procedure applies to all coursework programs in all careers. The appeal process is staged and students are required to follow each stage in order to ensure their full entitlement to appeal, this is available on;ID=nwjxaifdrgle (unresolved) 


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