Compliance: Hazard Communications
Understand how chemical exposure works
Recognize Global Harmonization System (GHS) signal words
Differentiate between the various hazardous chemical pictogram labels
Understand how to respond to chemical spills and dispose of hazardous chemicals
This course will teach you about hazardous chemicals, how to protect yourself, and how to respond to chemical emergencies. Hazardous chemicals can cause injury or even death. They can cause burns, catch fire, and emit dangerous fumes.
Hazardous materials are in use in clinical and research settings across this health system. Even if you are not directly using these materials, you may be located adjacent to areas that are using them. Further, these materials may be transported across the campus. Air quality issues and spills can, therefore, impact everyone. This training helps all staff become informed and aware of the hazards in our environment.
Topics covered include:
- Hazardous chemical warning labels (pictograms) and signal words
- Response procedures following chemical spills
- Safety data sheet
- PPE when handling hazardous chemicals
Did you know…
- Studies in developed countries have found that health workers have a 1.5 – 3 times relative risk of developing asthma as compared to the general population. This is usually attributed to chronic exposure to airborne particles and gasses from disinfectants, cleaning products, and also powdered latex gloves.
- Health workers are at particular risk from exposures to anti-cancer (anti-neoplastic) drugs as well as to certain anti-viral drugs and hormone therapies; and exposure to ethylene oxide gases in sterilization.
Course at a Glance
Target Audience: Staff working with hazardous chemicals
Time to Complete: 30 Minutes
Contributor: Partners Healthcare, MedStar
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