Universal Precautions and Infection Control

Universal Precautions and Infection Control

1. Universal Precautions

  • Universal Precautions can also be referred to as Routine Pratices.
  • Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety provides information about universal precautions, which are infection control guidelines designed to protect workers from exposure to diseases spread by blood and certain body fluids.
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit provides another version of Standard Precautions, also known as Universal Precautions.

2. Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices
Canadian Committee on Antibiotic Resistance produced this 54-page PDF document, Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Long Term Care, Home and Community Care.

3. Hand Washing

4. You Could Be Asked to Wear a Mask
The State of New York Health Department provides information about using masks to reduce the spread of respiratory ailments.

5. Latex versus Non-Latex Gloves
This Wikipedia page talks about medical gloves, and the different types of gloves that are available.

6. Needle Safety

  • Needlestick Injuries, a webpage from Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, discusses wounds caused by needles that accidently puncture the skin.
  • Handling Needles Safely is a two-page PDF document prodcued by Capital Health.
  • To the Point, from Ontario Safty Association for Community & Healthcare, is a 12-page PDF document delivering the facts about sharps injury prevention.
  • Safer Needle Clean Up & Disposal Kit: The Queensland Government provides this webpage of recommended items and procedures.

7. LIver Disease

  • Hepatitis A:  This webpage from Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety describes hepatitis A, its symptoms and its treatment.
  • Hepatitis B and C: Canadian Blood Services provides this webpage.
  • Adult Liver Diseases: Canadian Liver Foundation provides this list of liver diseases and links to webpages describing each disease.


  • About HIV and AIDS: The Central Alberta AIDS Network Society provides an overview, including “How do you get it?” and “You can’t get it by…”
  • Alberta Council on HIV: Recognizing that social change is a necessary response to HIV, the Alberta Community Council on HIV supports community-based responses and provides provincial leadership through collective action and a unified voice.
  • Canadian Strategy on HIV/AIDS: This 2-page PDF two-fold brochure can be printed on letter-size paper. Sections include “you can get hiv if…” and “you can’t get hiv from…”
  • The Foundation for AIDS Research: This site has a list of common questions about AIDS and their answers.

9. Healthy Living

  • Canada’s Food Guide: The Guide details how much food you need, what types of foods are better for you, and the importance of physical activity in your day.
  • Healthy U: This Alberta Government website supports and encourages Albertans to lead healthier lifestyles by providing them with access to information on healthy eating and active living.
  • http://www.centre4activeliving.ca/workplace/en/index.html: The Alberta Centre for Active Living Resources includes links for helping people improve workplace health by introducing physical activity into sedentary jobs and by reducing risks of workplace injuries.

10. The Flu

  • Caring for Yourself when you have the Flu: This 4-page PDF document from Saskatchewan Health describes how to avoid getting the flu and how to care for yourself and others if you do get the flu.
  • Preventing the spread of Pandemic Flu: The Government of Canada’s Health website explains the causes and symptoms of flu (influenza) and includes links to Treatment, Prevention, Clinics and Educational Resources.