This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to maintain infection control during skin penetration treatments and to review clinic compliance with the applicable state or territory and local council requirements.  It requires the ability to identify, manage and control infection risks to clients, self and work colleagues.

This unit applies to beauty therapists who work in beauty therapy salons, clinics or in cosmetic medical clinics. These therapists work autonomously and make independent treatment decisions.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - integrate the maintenance of infection control with skin penetration technical skills that individually or in combination demonstrate: identification of potential cross contamination risks, protecting self and client from infection risks; choosing and using appropriate cleaning, disinfection and sterilising procedures for instruments, equipment and equipment attachments and work surfaces correct steriliser operation procedures, and; - provide a written review of workplace compliance with relevant state or territory and local council laws, regulations and requirements relating to beauty treatments and skin penetration.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - Australian standards AS/NZS4815 and 4187 relating to infection control in office based health care facilities; - relevant state or territory legislation and guidelines relating to infection control procedures for skin penetration treatments; - local council requirements for beauty salons offering skin penetration treatments; - organisational policy and procedures relating to infection control; - legal responsibilities in relation to infection control, sterilising, registration or business licensing, conduct of occupation, and maintenance of premises relevant to role; - standard and additional precautions as defined by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC); - industry codes of practice; - aetiology of infection; - sources of infection and means of transmission; - risk management in relation to infection control; - procedures and practices that support infection control measures and prevent infection transmission; - cleaning, disinfection and sterilising procedures; - procedures for responding to spills; - needle stick or sharps injury procedures for notification and response; - impact of premises layout and workflow on infection control risks; - manufacturer instructions in relation to cleaning, disinfecting and sterilising equipment and products; - risk management process for identifying treatment infection control risks, and; - workplace infection control risks.

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