Infection prevention and control

Find guidance on preventing and controlling COVID-19 infections in healthcare and other settings such as schools and public transport.


Last updated 3 August 2020

Healthcare settings

Aerosol-generating procedures in relation to COVID-19 (PDF)

Published: 30 July 2020 | Audience: health managers and health workers | Size 137 KB,  4 pages

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to health workers in NSW about risks associated with transmission of SARS-CoV-2 when conducting respiratory aerosol-generating procedures on patients with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19, and appropriate transmission-based precautions to reduce this risk.

Read with: Infection Prevention and Control HandbookIPC Management of COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings V3.2


Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Management and Assessment of Acute Respiratory Illness (Flow Chart) (PDF)

Published: 14 July 2020 | Audience: health managers and health workers | Size 149 KB,  1 page

This document provides guidance on management and assessment of acute respiratory illness in healthcare settings.


Infection Control for Food Services (PDF)

Published: 23 June 2020 | Audience: health managers and health workers | Size 170 KB,  1 page

Produced in collaboration with HealthShare, this document provides guidance on infection control for food services.


Management of COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings V3.2 (PDF)

Published: 11 May 2020 | Audience: health managers and health workers | Size 724 KB,  32 pages

This document provides comprehensive guidance on infection prevention and control requirements for the management of patients with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19 and the use of personal protective equipment in NSW healthcare settings. Extended (sessional) use of some PPE items is included in addition to guidance on patient use of masks.

Appendix 1 (pages 26 to 31) of this document provides recommendations on infection prevention and control requirements for maternity and neonatal care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read with: Infection Prevention and Control Handbook


COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Advice for Health Workers V3.1 (PDF)

Updated: 3 July 2020 | Audience: health workers | Size: 540 KB, 22 pages 

This document provides an overview of the current COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidance for health workers in NSW.

Read with: Infection Prevention and Control Handbook


Information for clinicians: Positive COVID -19 Infection Prevention and Control and Access to Surgery V1 (PDF)

Published: 1 March 2020 | Audience: health workers | Size: 207 KB, 5 pages

This information sheet provides interim infection prevention and control guidance including use of PPE when patients with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19 infection are accessing surgical or procedural healthcare services.


Engineering Services Guidelines – Air pressure requirements V1 (PDF)

Published: 31 January 2020 | Audience: engineers, health workers | Type: guidelines | Size: 91 KB, 4 pages

This guideline excerpt provides engineering information on air exchanges for new and recent healthcare designs. The complete guideline is available online.


Coronavirus presentation – Editable and adaptable Powerpoint (PPT)

Updated: 1 July 2020 | Audience: health workers | Size: 2.7 MB, 46 slides

This adaptable PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of the COVID-19 pandemic, NSW Health response and infection prevention and control  information.


COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control - Scrubs, Uniforms, Aprons and Gowns V1 (PDF)

Published: 28 May 2020 | Audience: health workers | Size: 200 KB, 3 pages

This guidance provides an overview of NSW Health policy and other documents relating to scrubs, uniforms and use of PPE, and answers some frequently asked questions.

Outbreak Management Checklist for Residential Aged Care Facilities (PDF)

Published: 3 August 2020 | Audience: residential and aged care workers | Size: 337 KB, 12 pages

This checklist is designed to guide and assist residential aged care facilities in identifying and managing an outbreak of COVID-19.


Outbreak Management Preparedness Assessment for Residential Aged Care Facilities (PDF)

Published: 3 August 2020 | Audience: residential and aged care workers | Size: 121 KB, 9 pages

This document is designed to guide and support Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) to assess their preparedness for a potential COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control - Residential and Aged Care Facilities V1 (PDF)

Published: 12 March 2020 | Audience: residential and aged care workers | Size: 349 KB, 6 pages

This information sheet provides advice on managing suspected, probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases in healthcare or residential and aged care facilities (RACF) including multipurpose service (MPS) residential care.


COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Primary, Community and Outpatient Settings (V2) (PDF)

Published: 28 May 2020 | Audience: community health workers, health workers | Size: 600 KB, 25 pages

This document provides specific COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidance for community health centres, primary care services, community services, and outpatient settings.

Guidance for home visits is not included in this document.


Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Home Visits V1 (PDF)

Published: 14 May 2020 | Audience: home care providers | Size: 625 KB, 26 pages

This document provides specific infection prevention and control guidance, including use of PPE, to healthcare and non-government organisation providers that deliver care, assessment, treatment or support to patients in their homes in NSW. This guide is not for NSW Ambulance staff as they have specific procedures and guidance available.

Read with: COVID-19 - Guide for home care providers from the Department of Health

Read with: Infection Prevention and Control Handbook

Advice for BreastScreen NSW Staff in relation to COVID-19 V1 (PDF)

Published: 12 May 2020 | Audience: BreastScreen NSW Staff | Size: 152 KB, 1 page

Information sheet on safe re-introduction of breast screening using standard precautions unless individual risk assessment indicates otherwise.

Read with: Relevant Local Health District guidelines


Managing PPE for the administration of hazardous drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic V1 (PDF)

Published: 13 May 2020 | Audience: health workers | Size: 480 KB, 3 pages

Recommendations for use of PPE when administering hazardous drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions - Blood Transfusions V1 (PDF)

Published: 21 April 2020 | Audience: health managers, health workers | Size: 65 KB, 2 pages

The CEC Blood Watch team developed this resource in consultation with the CEC Infection Prevention and Control team and NSW Health Pathology due to address frequently asked questions about blood and blood products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Security Staff V2 (PDF)

Published: 18 May 2020 | Audience: security staff in healthcare settings | Size: 175 KB, 4 pages

The purpose of this advice is to respond to questions raised by security staff within healthcare facilities on the use of PPE for various scenarios during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Non-healthcare settings

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control: Advice for Cleaning and Disinfection in the Workplace V1 (PDF)

Published: 2 June 2020 | Audience: workers in public settings | Size: 97 KB, 5 page

This document provides advice on cleaning and disinfection in non-healthcare workplaces including schools, universities, offices, public areas, reception areas, shops, buses, trains, taxis and cars.