COVID-19 Safety Courses for Healthcare and General Industry
Healthcare professionals stand on the front lines of a generational public health crisis, caring for patients around-the-clock. OSHA requires that these employees receive effective safety training to help them protect themselves, their patients, and their colleagues from exposure to COVID-19.
From handling and shipping infectious substances to respiratory protection and hazardous waste management, the courses below cover what healthcare employees must know to protect themselves and maintain compliance with OSHA, US DOT, and EPA regulations.
The new COVID-19 Employee Safety Awareness online course
prepares workers to recognize signs and symptoms of the virus, describe how the virus is transmitted, take steps to prevent transmission, and properly use and care for PPE and face coverings.
OSHA recently reported data from its first COVID-19 related health and safety inspections. Out of roughly one hundred citations issued, a significant number were for violations of four key standards: Bloodborne pathogens (29 CFR 1910.1030), PPE general requirements (29 CFR 1910.132), respiratory protection (29 CFR 1910.134), and injury/illness reporting and recordkeeping (29 CFR 1904).
Healthcare workers face one of the most hazardous work environments in the US. In 2019, BLS reported 544,800
non-fatal injuries and illnesses in the healthcare facilities, more than the manufacturing or construction sectors.
Physicians, nurses, technicians, clinical laboratory workers, first responders, building maintenance, security and administrative personnel, social workers, food service, housekeeping, and mortuary personnel all play a critical role in the battle against a generational public health crisis.
|Healthcare workers face both traditional workplace safety hazards (e.g., slips and falls) and many that are unique to their workplace activities. These unique healthcare hazards can include:
- Biological hazard exposure, such as bloodborne pathogens and medical waste.
- Chemical hazard exposure, such as chemotherapy and other drugs, sterilizers and disinfectants (e.g., ethylene oxide, glutaraldehyde, and formaldehyde), and anesthetic gases.
- Musculoskeletal hazards, especially related to patient handling.
- Ionizing and non-ionizing radiation (e.g., x-rays, nuclear medicine, lasers).