Building Service Contractors Association of Australia Ltd

Infection Control for Cleaning and Housekeeping Staff

This course teaches students the skills and knowledge required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in a cleaning or housekeeping setting.

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 you are working for.

This course covers 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 (spread) of infections from person to person.

Training Course Facts


Cost $29.70 (incl. GST)
Unit code & name Infection Control for Cleaning
Pre-requisite None
Delivery 100% online, no classroom or assignments.
Time 3 minutes to enrol, 4-6 hours – self paced
Payment Paypal or Mastercard/Visa through our Eway internet payment facility.

For Employers

  • Covers employer obligations under WHS legislation in relation to documented staff training.
  • Training files are stored for 30 years.
  • Missing staff documents can be sourced and re-sent within 48 hours.
  • Coupon codes available for BSCAA members.
  • BSCAA members are entitled to a 15% discount for their employees.

For Employees & Job Seekers:

  • Endorsed by the bscaa and its members as the entry level course to the cleaning industry.
  • Learn about your rights and responsibilities at work and how to work safely in the cleaning industry.

Course Outline:

Section 1 – Microbes and infections

  • Introduction to microbes (germs)
  • How germs enter the body
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Fungi and parasites
  • Some common infections
  • Norovirus
  • Staphylococcus Aureus – Golden Staph or MRSA

Section 2 – Infection control practices

  • What is an infection?
  • Signs of infection
  • Chain of infection
  • What is infection control?
  • Immunisation
  • Standard Precautions for infection control
  • Additional precautions
  • Respond to outbreaks
  • Remove spills in accordance with facility procedures
  • Exposure to blood or other body fluids

Section 3 – Maintain personal hygiene

  • Why is hand washing important?
  • Follow hand washing procedures
  • Implement hand care procedures
  • Cover cuts/abrasions with water-proof dressings
  • Personal protective equipment

Section 4 – Limit Contamination

  • Maintain clean zones (areas)
  • Maintain contaminated zones (areas)
  • Confine contaminated equipment to a contaminated zone

Section 5 – Clean environmental surfaces

  • General guidelines relating to cleaning activities
  • Colour coding
  • How poor cleaning procedures can spread germs and make people sick
  • Minimise contamination by aerosols and splatter
  • Remove all dust, dirt and physical debris from work surfaces
  • Clean ALL high contact (touch) surfaces and objects:
  • Practical cleaning procedures
  • Clean all work surfaces with a neutral detergent
  • Additional Cleaning (terminal cleaning and outbreaks)

Section 6 – Handle and dispose of clinical and other waste

  • What is waste?
  • Separate and dispose of waste
  • Clinical waste
  • Correct handling and disposal of sharps
  • Other types of healthcare waste
    Store clinical or related waste in locked waste room
  • Store and transport waste appropriately
  • Dispose of waste according to legislative requirements

Section 7 – Maintain and store cleaning equipment

  • Cleaning and storing equipment
  • Dispose of used chemical solutions
  • Prepare for the next shift

For information on how the courses work, how to enrol in a course or frequently asked questions CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions about the training please email or call 1800 312 970.

This course has been developed in conjunction with Daniels Associates, a leading Registered Training Organisation in the Cleaning Industry. This course is NOT accredited and does NOT lead to a unit of competency. The knowledge gained from this course can be used to support a recognition process for the relevant accredited unit of competency.
For more information visit the Daniels Associates website

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