Infection Control

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This procedure provides the process for departmental workplaces to address infection control through both preventative and management strategies.​


The Department of Education, Training and Employment has a general duty under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to prevent injury and illness in the workplace. The department is committed to minimising the risk of exposure of staff, students and others to infectious disease agents.

Infection control practices are to be implemented at all departmental workplaces. This procedure and the Infection Control Guideline have been established to provide practical implementation advice.


Develop and implement a local infection control program that minimises the risk of exposure of staff, students and others to infectious disease agents.

Provide adequate resourcing to implement appropriate infection control processes; e.g. facilities, consumables, training and practices.


Implement an infection control program that includes:
  • Risk management
  • Standard precautions
  • Provision of facilities, amenities​ and equipment
  • Protocols for infection control
  • Vaccination and immunisation
  • Education and training for staff, students and others
  • Accurate records of training
Review infection control measures to ensure they are providing an adequate level of safety.
Ensure all staff, students and others are aware of infectious disease related hazards in their workplace, including diseases relevant to pregnancy.
The Infection Control Guideline provides practical advice on how to implement this procedure.
  • Utilise the Infection Control Guideline for practical advice
  • Implement and comply with local infection control practices
  • Model standard precautions for infection control
  • Be aware of infectious diseases for which personal immunity has been established (via exposure or vaccination)
  • Seek medical advice from your medical practitioner regarding infection control and the impact of the workplace on individual health conditions
  • Maintain up-to-date record of personal immunisation status
  • Participate in education and training on infection control.

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Contagious Condition
A medical condition prescribed under the Public Health Regulation 2005 (Qld) as a contagious condition. The medical conditions currently listed as contagious conditions are - Diphtheria, Enterovirus 71 (EV71), Gastroenteritis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, Hepatitis A, Measles, Meningococcal infection (invasive), Paratyphoid, Pertussis (whooping cough), Poliomyelitis – wild type and vaccine associated, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Varicella – zoster virus infection (chickenpox).

Infectious Agent
A pathogen that is able to cause disease in its host e.g. a virus, bacterium, fungus, protozoa.

People who are at the worksite, who are not staff or students.  This is generally volunteers, visitors and contractors.

Standard Precautions
Standard precautions are work practices that assume that all blood and body substances are potentially infectious. Standard precautions should be used as a first-line approach to preventing infection and should be adopted for contact with all blood and body substances.