Occupational Health and Safety in Dermal Practice

Unit code: HBD2103 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Queen
Online Real Time
HBD1201 - Introduction to Dermal Sciences (applicable for HBDS students ONLY) and
HBD1202 - Communication and Dermal Services (applicable for HBDS students ONLY)
OR 96 credit points of first year (applicable for HBDS students only)
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit introduces students to the theoretical and practical concepts of occupational health and safety specific to a dermal therapies setting.  It educates students in how to consider health and safety in the workplace from the perspective of not only a worker, but also by considering hazards that may affect their colleagues and clients.  The key areas of study include risk assessment, standard operating procedures, chemical hazards, ergonomics, human factors, infection control incorporating basic microbiology and controlling hazards in a dermal therapies setting.
 There will also be a focus on Australian legislation, regulations and Australian Standards relevant to the practice of dermal techniques to ensure that students understand their rights and responsibilities in the workplace, while being able to familiarise themselves with resources to support them in implementing safe practice strategies.  Principles of basic first aid appropriate to dermal therapies practice will also be explored to ensure that students have the ability to provide first response care in the incident of an adverse event.  The unit ultimately aims to develop a positive safety culture among students while enabling them to apply safe practice strategies. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify, analyse and apply relevant occupational health and safety legislation, regulations and Australian Standards to dermal therapies;
  2. Articulate the structure and function of microorganisms and conceptualise microbiology and biosafety in a dermal therapies setting;
  3. Assess for potential hazards and risks within a dermal therapies setting and be able to manage these through the development of safe and effective control methods;
  4. Develop and assess standard operating procedures and occupational health and safety programs within a dermal therapies setting;
  5. Investigate appropriate first aid procedures for use within a dermal therapies setting.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Three (3) Online Tests (30 minutes each duration)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Individual risk assessment report (equivalent to 1000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Group presentation on infection control procedures (Groups of up to 5 students 20 mins total duration)

Required reading

A list of readings and reference materials as required for each topic will be provided in the VU Collaborate space for this unit.

Microbiology and Infection Control for Health Professionals
Lee, G., & Bishop, P. (2015)| NSW: Pearson Education Australia
Australian Master Work Health and Safety Guide.
Dunn, C.E., & Thakorlal, S. (2017).| NSW: CCH Australia Ltd

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