Unit of competency details

ACMINF301 - Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 29/Nov/2017

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to ACMINF301A - Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal workUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages Minor changes to clarify content Assessment requirements revised 28/Nov/2017


Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  29/Nov/2017 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 1.0.

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations.

This unit applies to animal care workers who have a duty of care to maintain infection control standards.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Unit Sector

Infection control (INF)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Element 

Performance criteria 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Follow infection control guidelines

1.1 Apply standard infection control precautions in all aspects of work

1.2 Apply transmission-based precautions when standard precautions alone may not be sufficient to prevent transmission of infection

1.3 Follow organisation and legislative reporting and documentation requirements related to infection control procedures

2. Identify and respond to infection risks

2.1 Identify infection risks, and report and implement appropriate response

2.2 Follow procedures for risk control and risk containment for specific risks

2.3 Follow organisational protocols for care following needlestick injury or bodily fluid exposure

2.4 Remove spills following standard procedures

2.5 Report suspicions of a notifiable disease or potential infectious disease signs to supervisor

2.6 Report infection control accidents/incidents and action risk control procedures

3. Maintain personal protection

3.1 Maintain hand hygiene before and after animal contact and any activity likely to cause cross-contamination

3.2 Implement hand care in line with organisational procedures

3.3 Wear and change personal protective clothing and equipment

4. Limit contamination

4.1 Demarcate and maintain clean and contaminated zones in all aspects of animal care work

4.2 Follow demarcation procedures involving the movement of animals within or between facilities

4.3 Isolate animals identified or suspected of presenting with a contagious or zoonotic disease

4.4 Clean, disinfect and sterilise work surfaces, materials, equipment and instruments

4.5 Handle and process soiled laundry and protective clothing as appropriate

4.6 Identify hazards to animal and human health from food sources and implement methods used to manage potential risks

4.7 Follow organisation rodent and vector control procedures

4.8 Handle and dispose of clinical and related waste, and general waste appropriately

4.9 Provide animal care facility clients/customers with information regarding infection control, including risks of zoonosis

5. Contribute to incursion readiness processes

5.1 Maintain infection control kit for responding to infectious disease outbreaks and suspected outbreaks

5.2 Make contributions to the review and revision of the organisation infection control plan

5.3 Update and maintain infection control documentation according to workplace policies and procedures

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential for performance in this unit of competency but are not explicit in the performance criteria.

Skill 

Description 

Reading

  • Access and interpret policies, procedures and organisational documentation

Numeracy

  • Measure and mix chemicals according to instructions

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title current version 

Code and title previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work

ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages

Minor changes to clarify content

Assessment requirements revised

Equivalent unit

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=b75f4b23-54c9-4cc9-a5db-d3502d154103

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 1.0.

Performance Evidence

An individual demonstrating competency must satisfy all of the elements and performance criteria in this unit.

There must be evidence that the individual has complied with effective infection control policies and procedures on a minimum of three separate occasions, including:

  • ensuring the prevention of transmission of infections from:
  • animal to person
  • animal to animal
  • person to animal.

Knowledge Evidence

An individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge required to perform the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit. This includes knowledge of:

  • standard precautions for the care and treatment of all animals, regardless of their perceived or confirmed infectious status for animal care, including:
  • appropriate reprocessing of reusable equipment
  • aseptic technique
  • environmental controls
  • personal hygiene practices especially washing and drying hands, including before and after animal contact
  • safe handling and disposal of sharps and other clinical, related and general waste
  • surface cleaning and management of blood and bodily fluid spills
  • techniques to limit contamination
  • use of personal protective equipment
  • transmission-based precautions, when standard precautions are not sufficient, tailored to the specific infection agent involved and its mode of transmission, including:
  • additional use of personal protective equipment
  • dedicated equipment, to each animal or as appropriate to work function
  • isolation
  • restricted movement of animal, staff and visitors/customers
  • use of a special facility
  • aseptic techniques
  • basic microbiology, including:
  • bacteria and bacterial spores
  • fungi
  • viruses
  • common viruses that affect animals
  • common zoonotic diseases and transmission
  • risk of acquisition
  • waste disposal methods compliant with Environmental Protection (Waste Management) legislation and regulations
  • immunisation/vaccination requirements for animal care workers where applicable
  • rodent and vector control procedures
  • relevant state or territory legislation and regulations relating to workplace health and safety, animal welfare, biosecurity procedures and waste disposal
  • safe animal handling techniques
  • terminology used to describe and document animal health and behavioural signs and symptoms
  • the purpose and use of containment facilities
  • workplace hygiene standards, disinfectants, cleaning agents, cleaning techniques and cleaning equipment and materials.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment of skills must take place under the following conditions:

  • physical conditions:
  • a workplace or an environment that accurately represents workplace conditions
  • resources, equipment and materials:
  • a range of animals
  • equipment and resources typically available in an animal care facility
  • specifications:
  • access to organisational policies and procedures, relevant current legislation, regulations and relevant codes of practice.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=b75f4b23-54c9-4cc9-a5db-d3502d154103

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