Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: HWSS5660C

Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: VET in Schools

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

City Campus:

Bundoora Campus:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session the student should be able to:

• Follow infection control guidelines
• Identify and respond to infection risks
• Maintain personal hygiene
• Use personal protective equipment
• Limit contamination
• Handle, package, label, store, transport, and dispose of clinical and other waste
• Clean environmental surfaces

Details of Learning Activities

Refer to the latest timetable on Blackboard for actual days

Learning Strategies will be in the form of:

  • Lecture
  • Small Group Work
  • Facilitated Class Discussion
  • Role Play / Simulation

Teaching Schedule

Lesson 1: Follow infection control guidelines

• Identify & define key terms of infection control.
• Identify & discuss the legal frameworks that regulate infection control practices in Australia, including the EN’s roles and responsibilities
• Identify & discuss the classification of microorganisms
• Describe the chain of infection, and discuss strategies to minimise the transmission of disease.

Lesson 2: Identify and respond to infection risks

• Identify & discuss infection risks associated with the roles & responsibilities of the EN
• Identify & discuss procedures for to respond to situations that oppose an infection risk
• Identify & describe protocols for managing exposure to blood or bodily fluids
• Identify & describe protocols for the management of spills

Lesson 3: Maintain personal hygiene

• Identify & discuss the importance of personal hygiene in the prevention & transmission of disease, including hand hygiene
• Identify & discuss the EN’s role’s & responsibilities in managing own health including
- sick day protocols e.g. Gastro
- wound management
- immunisations

Lesson 4: Use Personal Protective Equipment Limit Contamination

• Define, and describe standard and transmission based precautions, including clinical indications for their use
• Identify & discuss the differences between clean & contaminated zone
• Describe the processes of cleaning & sterilising equipment

Lesson 5: Handle, package, label, store, transport and dispose of clinical and other waste

• Identify & discuss the processes of handling laundry.
• Define & discuss the management of clinical waste, including the roles and responsibilities of the EN

• Describe the processes of environmental cleaning, including the management of blood spills

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text for this course


Recommended reading: • Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare 2010, Available URL:
• Biohazard Waste Industry 2010, Industry code of practice for the management of clinical and related wastes 6dn, Waste Management Association Australia, Sydney
• Crisp, J Taylor, C 2009 Potter and Perry’s fundamentals of nursing 3e, Chatswood
• Funnell, R Koutoukidis, G and Lawrence, K 2009 Tabbner’s nursing care 5e, Chatswood    

Other Resources

Classroom poweroints are posted on the student blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Underpinning knowledge for this unit of competency will be assessed via the following methods:

  • Written Assessment
  • Online learning assessment

Assessment Tasks

Hand Hygiene - 40%

Online Assessment - 60%

Assessment Matrix

All assessment tasks must have a competent outcome before a Grade can be awarded for this course

All written assessments must have a 60% grade to be deemed competent

  • 60 - 69    - CAG
  • 70 - 79    - CC
  • 80 - 89    - CDI
  • 90 - 100   - CHD

Other Information

Classroom attendance of 80% requirement

This course must have a competency grade awarded before being eligible for clinical placement

If deemed Not Yet Competent (NYC) student will be unable to attend clinical placement

Course must have a competency grade awarded before commencing phase 2 of the program

Delivery : Nominal Hours 20
• Face to face
• Laboratory
• Self-directed learning

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