HABC Level 2 National Award in Infection Control

Controlling the spread of infection is vital in a wide variety of workplaces, including hospitals, care homes, schools and nurseries, in fact, anywhere people live and work together. This qualification raises employees’ awareness of minimising the risk of infection.

It is essential that employees are aware of the hazards and controls associated with the spread of infection at work. This is not only important to ensure they themselves are protected, but also to reduce the risk to others around them.

One of the higher risk environments is healthcare. Every year a significant number of people are made ill or die as a direct result of the spread of infections. Healthcare providers have both a legal and moral obligation to make certain that they are not contributing to these statistics by ensuring their staffs are effectively trained and ideally hold a relevant qualification.

Those who achieve this qualification will be able to help organisations to comply with requirements in this subject area. It gives individuals an improved understanding of the causes of infections, the conditions in which they thrive and the ways they are spread. It also covers suitable methods of cleaning and waste disposal to help stop infection spreading, as well as information on personal protective equipment that can be used.


  1. Know common diseases and the chain of infection

1.1. List the common diseases to be found in a workplace setting 1.2. Describe the chain of infection 1.3. Identify how infections are spread 1.4. Describe direct and indirect spread


  1. Understand standard infection control procedures

2.1. List the standard infection control precautions. 2.2. Identify why standard infection control precautions are used. 2.3. State the reasons for keeping hands clean. 2.4. Identify which PPE should be worn for different risks.


  1. Know how to apply standard infection control procedures

3.1. List the steps in correct handwashing techniques.

3.2. Identify the areas of the hand most often missed during hand washing

3.3. Identify which types of cleansers and soaps should be used for different risks

3.4. Describe the procedures to be followed regarding jewellery and false nails.


  1. Know the correct management of spills

4.1. Identify what would be found in a spill kit.

4.2. Describe how to deal with blood or bloodstained spillages.

4.3. Describe how to correctly handle/manage linen.


  1. Know how to manage waste correctly

5.1. Describe the procedures and reasons for checking equipment.

5.2. Identify how to manage different types of waste.


  1. Understand roles and responsibilities in preventing infection

6.1. Identify roles and responsibilities in preventing infections.

6.2. List common barriers faced when reducing the risk of infection.


Course cost £50

Course duration 1 day


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