Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3262

Course Title: Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 20.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2012

Course Contact: Susan Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254637

Course Contact Email:

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 practises of the organisation and/or worker.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not Applicable.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTIN301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work


Clean environmental surfaces.

Follow infection control guidelines.

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

Identify and respond to infection risks.

Limit contamination.

Maintain personal hygiene.

Use personal protective equipment.

Learning Outcomes

The Learner will have acquire the essential knowledge outlined in the elements belonging to this unit including identifying and managing additional precautions, aspects of infectious diseases including; opportunistic organisms - pathogens,  basic microbiology including;  bacteria and bacterial spores - fungi - viruses, clean and sterile techniques, disease transmission; paths of transmission including direct contact, aerosols and penetrating injuries - risk of acquisition -sources of infecting microorganisms including persons who are carriers, in the incubation phase of the disease or those who are acutely ill, effective hand hygiene; procedures for routine hand wash - procedures for surgical hand wash - when hands must be washed, good personal hygiene practise including hand care, identification and management of infectious risks in the workplace,  organisation requirements relating to immunisation, where applicable,  personal protective equipment;  guidelines for glove use, for wearing gowns and waterproof aprons, for wearing protective glasses, for wearing masks as required, standard precautions, susceptible hosts including persons who are immune suppressed, have chronic diseases such as diabetes and the very young or very old, surface cleaning;  cleaning procedures at the start and end of the day - managing a blood or body fluid spill - routine surface cleaning, sharps handling and disposal techniques and the organisation’s infection control policies and procedures. In addition the learner will have demonstrated their ability to have skillfully and consistently apply hand washing, personal hygiene and personal protection protocols along with consistently apply clean and sterile techniques and consistently apply protocols to limit contamination.

Overview of Assessment

The overview of assessments will include observation of workplace performance as the  preferred  assessment of this unit, however the assessment should replicate workplace conditions as far as possible, where, for reasons of safety, access to equipment and resources and space, assessment takes place away from the workplace, simulations should be used to represent workplace conditions as closely as possible. Evidence of essential knowledge and understanding may be provided by, a written assignments/projects,  case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practise,  oral/written questionnaires, staff and/or client feedback , supporting statement of supervisor, authenticated evidence of relevant work experience and/or formal/informal learning and or role play/simulation .