Accident Site – Infection Control

The Challenge

An aviation accident scene presents significant challenges in terms of implementing an Infection Control program which was primarily envisioned to affect personnel in “traditional” healthcare delivery facilities; the Australian National OHS Commission requirements are to be met in the chaotic, inhospitable, and logistically difficult environment of an aircraft accident site. Unanticipated issues such as heat-related conditions, performance of physically demanding work in cumbersome gear, biohazard trash disposal from remote sites, and a host of other problems have to be dealt with.

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NOHSC Guidelines

Under the NOHSC guidelines workers must be educated, trained and supervised to ensure the adopted safe working procedures are implemented and followed. These include all workers at risk of contact with blood and body fluids/substances, or contaminated materials in the course of their work must be educated/trained with regard to HBV, HCV and HIV.  The NOHSC specifies workplace education and training programs should:

  • form part of the induction program for new workers
  • include refresher training to maintain and update knowledge
  • relate to the activities of the workplace and be targeted to specific tasks
  • provide updates when there are changes in information about blood-borne pathogens such as HBV, HCV and HIV
  • provide updates when changes in work procedures and practices are introduced
  • provide updates when new equipment is introduced
  • provide training for the provision of first aid
  • inform workers of the post-exposure testing, counselling and follow-up process
  • inform workers of vaccination programs and encourage vaccination
  • train employees in correct procedures for exposure management
  • utilise a variety of educational and training techniques involving the active participation of workers
  • be provided in a manner appropriate to the workplace, taking disabilities, language and literacy issues into account
  • inform workers about their legal rights and obligations regarding occupational safety and health and workers compensation
  • direct workers to other reliable sources of information.
ASI’s Course

This course addresses the knowledge and skills required for workers to comply with infection control policies and procedures. It addresses how procedures are to be carried out in accordance with current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards for maintaining infection control and other relevant policies and procedures, such as that all tasks must be carried out in accordance with State or Territory legislative requirements that affect work practices of the organisation and/or worker.


This course addresses how to:

  • Follow infection control guidelines
  • Identify and respond to infection risks
  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Use personal protective equipment
  • Limit contamination
  • Handle, package, label, store, transport and dispose of clinical and other waste
  • Clean environmental surfaces, including decontamination, cleaning and storing equipment

Who Should Attend

It is highly recommended to all workers who are responsible for following workplace procedures to maintain infection control. It is imperative if you anticipate attending an accident site as a :

  • First responder
  • Accredited Representative
  • Aircraft Recovery Team member
  • Individual participating in incident investigations within areas such as flight operations, cabin services, ramp services, maintenance and engineering

Course Structure

The course consists of 1 day of classroom delivery and skills training, followed by ongoing exercises and assessments incorporating practical application in the workplace (which will typically take approximately another 16 hours of student commitment). Participants learn through a balanced mix of instruction, interactive sessions and practical exercises.

Students need internet access to be able to connect to the ASI Student Learning Portal, which contains student materials and provides the means for submitting assessments.

Pre reading materials will be available online within the ASI Learning Management System.  This component is self-paced, and time taken to read, review and understand the concepts and ideas in these materials may assist your learning outcomes during the workshop.

Learning Guides and tailored course materials are provided.

Assessments will consist of:

  • Observation of demonstrations of skills
  • Written and oral responses to questions
  • Third party feedback
  • Written responses to case studies
  • Portfolio of evidence

On completion of the course, students will have a sound understanding of infection control considerations and management in respect to an aviation accident site. Students will also be experienced in the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.

Workshop size is limited to 16 students.

All course trainers have extensive backgrounds in health care and/or aviation safety management.

Note: Workshops will normally be completed in Sydney, Australia. If you would prefer to attend your workshop in another location, please advise the ASI Projects Manager. If there is sufficient demand the workshop may be run at another location on different dates. Our Projects Manager will advise.  However, until an alternative location is confirmed, plan on attending the workshop in Sydney.

Note: This course is not accredited under the Australian Qualification Framework.


The fee for courses in Australia is $660 AUD per person (inclusive of GST).

A non refundable fee of $220 AUD is required for each student to secure a place on the course.

Discounts apply for multiple students from the same organisation on the same course. Please contact the Marketing Manager for details.

Full payment is required before attendance at the course workshop.

Fees for this course include GST.

Enrolment Conditions

Students must be over the age of 18

Prior to course commencement students need to be able to:

  • Read, comprehend and write a range of texts within a variety of contexts.
  • Use and respond to spoken language including some unfamiliar material within a variety of contexts.

Please refer to the Enrolment Form, for the terms and conditions of enrolment, which includes:

  • Enrolment and Selection;
  • Training Guarantee;
  • Course Fees,
  • Payments and Refunds;
  • Course Fees paid in Advance.
Courses Tailored For Your Organisation

ASI can tailor this course specifically for your organisation. Your safety team will have a common frame of understanding of your organisations policies, procedures and requirements.



Click here to register your or your organisations interest in completing this training


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