Healthcare professionals stand on the front lines of a generational public health crisis. They work around-the-clock to care for patients and protect themselves, their colleagues, and their communities from exposure to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
These employees need training that makes critical safety insights understandable and memorable
. 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.
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).