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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2020

Class Number: All

Class Section: All

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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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager:   Ms Rachael Starr      Vocational Educator:    Ms. Vihba Ghai  


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

Students will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency:

  • Face to Face classes
  • 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  via CANVAS
  • Self-managed research to support completion of Study Guides.
  • Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course

Teaching Schedule

As per Certificate III Timetable, which is issued as a hard copy on Induction Day and is also located in Canvas.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Modern Dental Assisting 12th Ed.

ADA's Guidelines for Infection Control 4th Ed 2020


Other Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through CANVAS.

CANVAS is an online resource with the lesson plans for each unit. Within CANVAS are the session lessons plans, assessments, resources and other materials required for completion of each unit of competency.

Additional materials maybe provided in class and lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

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:
    • hand hygiene and care of hand
    • use of personal protective equipment
    • handling of waste
    • enforcing clean and contaminated zones
    • limitation of contamination
    • surface cleaning 

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency.   Regular attendance is necessary.  Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks and consist of theory and practical based tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 

Knowledge Assessment 

This is scheduled on Day 2/Phase 2. Students must attend RMIT University to complete this assessment.

Students will be required to log into CANVAS on this day to access the assessment as assessment will not be available prior or after the scheduled date.

Assessment must be researched, completed and submitted on this day by the time issued by assessor. Submission is via CANVAS. 

More details and assessment requirements will be provided on a day.

In order to achieve a Satisfactory result, students must complete ALL questions successfully. The feedback will be provided via CANVAS. 




Assessment 2

Simulated Practical Assessment

This assessment is conducted on Day 2/Phase 2 at RMIT simulated dental teaching areas and student's knowledge and skills will be observed. Detailed information will be provided to students via Canvas and during their class attendance.

In order to proceed with this assessment task, student must wear appropriate clinical attire including an appropriate clinical shoes and their uniform. 

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

All assessment criteria must be successfully completed in order to achieve a satisfactory result and students will receive verbal feedback on the day.



Assessment 3

Workplace Practical Assessment

(Part A and Part B)


Both Part A and Part B of this assessment is conducted after Phase 3. RMIT will contact the student and their Workplace Assessor for discussion and scheduling of the suitable time for this assessment. Student knowledge and skills will be observed in the workplace. Detailed information will be provided  via Canvas and to students during their class attendance.

Students will attempt the workplace assessments under supervision of the assessor and they will be marked with either a S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Yet Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines and criteria outlined in the HLTINF001 Assessment document. All assessment criteria must be successfully completed in order to achieve a satisfactory result.

Student will receive verbal feedback at the end of the workplace assessment.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment tasks listed in this course guide address all the elements and criteria of the requirements of this course.

Other Information

ll RMIT email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.


Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):  


Study and learning Support:  

Equitable Learning Services (ELS): 


Late submission:

Special consideration: 



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