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Infection Control

Schools and other departmental workplaces are common sites for transmission of infections and diseases. Departmental workplaces therefore have an important role in ensuring awareness of infection control processes and implementing infection control programs.

The development of a workplace Infection Control Program, including the application of standard precautions is an effective way to prevent or minimise the spread of infection, illness and disease. 'Standard precautions' describes the assumption that all blood and bodily substances are potentially infectious and should be treated accordingly. Standard precautions include good hygiene and hand washing, 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 document891K
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 document242K
Staying Healthy - Public Health in the Tropics Adobe PDF document255K

Resources

Infection Control Presentation Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations 11M
Queensland Health Time Out Poster / Exclusion Table Adobe PDF document External Link
Hand washing poster Adobe PDF document202K - laminate and place above hand basins.
Hand washing and hand hygiene video (duration 2.08 minutes) (read the transcript Microsoft® Word document 16K) - Department of Health, Queensland
Control of Head Lice (Pediculosis) in Schools
Hepatitis A and B vaccination fact sheet Adobe PDF document211K
Queensland Health Influenza resources
Influenza Resources - the flu and you External Link - from the Department of Health
Influenza Vaccination Program - find out more about the department's flu vaccination program
Q fever fact sheet Adobe PDF document537K - 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.
National Immunisation Program - Queensland Schedule 2017 Adobe PDF document External Link

Legislation and other links

Public Health Act 2005 Adobe PDF document External Link
National Health and Medical Research Council External Link 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 19 Sep 2017

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