COS822 - Sanitation and Infection Control

Outline info
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Subject Title
Sanitation and Infection Control

Subject Description
This course introduces the best practices for sanitation and infection control in the esthetic industry. Theory will be supported by hands-on practice and hybrid learning.  Health and safety in a spa environment will be stressed in order to ensure compliance to federal regulations.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Nail Technician Certificate Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate esthetic practices in working with clients’ nails.
  2. Demonstrate proper sanitation techniques in a spa setting
  3. Assess nail health to identify and prevent various nail diseases and disorders.
  4. Analyze the need for proper infection control proceedures.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

COS 820 Basics of Esthetics, (can be taken concurrently).

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites are met.  If you do not have the required prerequisite subject (or have an advanced standing for the prerequisite subject) you may be asked to withdraw with the risk of academic and/or financial penalty. 

Topic Outline
1.  Discuss health, hygiene and personal safety
2.  Study Infectious diseases and infection control
3.  Study Infection prevention, control, and associated risks within a personal service environment
4.  Recommended guidelines for equipment, instruments and supplies associated  with specific services
5.  Cleaning, disinfection, sterilization classification and methods
6.  Resources available to meet health regulations and compliance

Prescribed Texts
The Foundations Beauty Therapy, The Official Guide To Level 2; Lorraine Nordmann; Cengage Learning

Required Supplies
Kit fee is included in course registration price

Kit supplies:
TB 1L with sprayer
AC20 1L
ACCEL wipes

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Term Work and Final Examination Requirements: 
To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes specified in this subject outline.  This achievement is determined through the completion of all subject components.  Students must pass both term work and final exam or final assignment (if the final assignment is in lieu of the final exam) in order to pass the subject (minimum passing grade 50%).  If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy

Grading is based on the following scheme:

Participation 10%
Quiz (3 @ 5% each) 15%
Reflective Journal 20%
Assigned Work Sheet(s) 20%
Presentation Assignment 20%
Test 15%
Total 100%

Student Success: 
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.


Approved by: Lisa Somers