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Infection Control

Schools and other departmental workplaces are common sites for transmission of infectious diseases. Departmental workplaces have an important role in raising awareness of the infectious disease hazards that may be present as well as infection control processes.

The adoption of standard precautions for infection control underpins the department's approach to minimising the spread of infection illness and disease. Standard precautions describe the assumption that all blood and bodily substances are potentially infectious and are to be treated accordingly. Standard precautions include: regular hand washing, hand hygiene, adopting cough and sneeze etiquette, use of personal protective equipment, appropriate waste disposal, vaccination, cleaning and sanitisation.

Departmental procedures and guidelines

Infection Control External Link
Infection Control Guideline Adobe PDF document833K
Management of Prescribed Contagious Conditions External Link

Important information for all employees

Knowing your immunity status - vaccine-preventable diseases and infectious disease awareness Adobe PDF document288K
Staying healthy - public health in the tropics Adobe PDF document108K

Resources

Infection control presentation Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations 11M
Queensland Health time out poster / exclusion table Adobe PDF document[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Hand washing poster Adobe PDF document600K - laminate and place above hand basins.
Control of head lice (pediculosis) in schools
Hepatitis A and B vaccination fact sheet Adobe PDF document326K
Queensland Health influenza resources
Influenza resources - the flu and you External Link
Q fever fact sheet Adobe PDF document420K - staff and students involved in certain agricultural studies may be at risk of contracting Q fever. This fact sheet provides information on the management of Q fever in schools.
Health conditions directory External Link - a directory of fact sheets providing information on infectious diseases and other conditions.

Legislation and other links

Public Health Act 2005
National Health and Medical Research Council - provides independent advice on all aspects of health and health care delivery in Australia.
The Australian Immunisation Handbook External Link

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This page was last reviewed on 10 Jul 2018

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