Hazardous Chermicals in Healthcare Training
29 CFR 1910.1200(f), 29 CFR 1910.1200(h)(3), 29 CFR 1910.132, 29 CFR 1910.151(c)
Hazardous drugs, such as those used in chemotherapy, antiviral treatments and hormone regimens, pose a serious health hazard to healthcare workers.
OSHA states that even in low doses, the preparation, administration, manufacturing, and disposal of hazardous medications can expose hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers to irreversible harm. These hazardous medications can cause serious effects including:
- organ toxicity
- fertility problems
- genetic damage
- birth defects
This course takes a detailed look at several different hazardous materials and medications that healthcare workers may be exposed to daily, as well as ways to protect and mitigate from serious health issues.
Hazardous Chemicals - Curriculum
Hazard chermicals in Healthcare
A short overview of hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
Learn about the requirements and benedits of a hazardous drug safety and health plan including what must be included.
Learn about how different practices can help to stop or manage chemical hazards, and which types of controls are the most effective.
Learn about how enginnering and administrative controls can help to reduce hazards in a healthcare workplace.
Learn about the most common hazardous chemical types in a healthcare setting, and the effects of exposure and possible mitigations for each. These include Mercury, Glutaraldehyde, and Anaesthetic gases. Some of these chemcials require their own course to be coverered in detail – this is a general overviw/awareness lesson.
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- Clearly label all hazardous chemicals, such as those found in some soaps, disinfectants, and pesticides, as hazardous. [29 CFR 1910.1200(f)]
- Train workers in potential chemical hazards and controls (engineering controls, work practices, and PPE) necessary to prevent hazards in the work area. [29 CFR 1910.1200(h)(3)]
- Personal Protective Equipment: Employers are required to provide appropriate PPE, such as gloves, goggles, and splash aprons when employees are handling hazardous chemicals. [29 CFR 1910.132] PPE is the least effective control method because it relies on employee behaviors to prevent exposure.
- If the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to harmful corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body must be provided within the immediate area for emergency use. [29 CFR 1910.151(c)]