Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: HWSS5655C

Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4321 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to comply with infection control policies and procedures. . All procedures have to 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 course acknowledges the importance of complying with an effective infection control strategy that ensures the safety of the client, maintain personal protection and prevent the transmission of infections from person to person.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures


Clean environmental surfaces

Performance Criteria:

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


Follow infection control guidelines

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

Wear appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment in accordance with occupational health and safety policies and procedures when handling waste
Separate waste at the point where it has been generated and dispose of into waste containers that are colour coded and identified
Store clinical or related waste in an area that is accessible only to authorised persons
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
Dispose of waste safely in accordance with policies and procedures of the organisation and legislative requirements


Identify and respond to infection risks

Performance Criteria:

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


Limit contamination

Performance Criteria:

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


Maintain personal hygiene

Performance Criteria:

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


Use personal protective equipment

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include-
• Two sessions of face to face teaching including practical work
• Accessing and completing online documents and information
• Reflections at infection control policies and activities
• Accessing information online including Australian Health websites and RMIT learning hub

Teaching Schedule

There will be two face to face teaching sessions for this course and the details of the class date and time will be in the timetable provided to the students.

Timetable can also be accessed online in the learning hub. All other resources will be available on the learning hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Online learning materials can be accessed using the RMIT Online Learning Hub.
The online learning materials listed include:

Subject outlines
Lecture notes
Assessment details
Websites of interest for this course

Other Resources

The students can access library for more resources like-
• Videos
• Articles of interest
• useful external links
• Learning Lab

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will involve workbook activities  and practical work  to demonstrate the  application of knowledge required for this course.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks will include the completion of
1. successful completion of workbook for assessing the understanding of the underpinning knowledge
2. Practical assessment for hand washing and other related procedures

Students need to be deemed competent in all outcomes to pass this course.

Assessment Matrix

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