Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: HWSS5671C

Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

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

Erica ODonoghue

+61 3 995 7573

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


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.Identify and respond to infection risks

Performance Criteria:

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.Maintain personal hygiene

Performance Criteria:

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.Use personal protective equipment

Performance Criteria:

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.Limit contamination

Performance Criteria:

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

Performance Criteria:

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.Clean environmental surfaces


Performance Criteria:

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

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


Power points

Group Work

Class discussions

Teaching Schedule

L 1. Infection Control

L2. Hygiene

L3. Asepsis

L4. Limiting Contamination

L5. Class Activity

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

  • Written Assessment
  • Online learning assessment

Assessment Tasks

1. Online module certificates
• Part A: Hand hygiene learning package – Module 1 and Module 2
• Part B: Principles of infection control training module
2. Class activity
• Waste management
3. Hand washing competency
• Satisfactory demonstration of hand washing technique
4. Clinical skills
• 100% attendance to LABS and WARD DAYS
• Competency in all related clinical skills
• Satisfactory completion of clinical placement as per Clinical Coordinator

All assessment must receive Satisfactory to gain an overall Competent.

Assessment Matrix

See assessment matrix on Blackboard

Other Information

Assessment Information

Please refer to RMIT assessment policy for, Special Consideration, extensions of time, equitable assessment arrangements and future assessment adjustments.

Additional Information

Re-submission of written work, or other assessments, (once only, Excluding exams) can be granted on recommendation from the teacher and approval coordinator


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