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Hazards Communications

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Learning Objectives

  • 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

Course Description

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

Author Information

Partners Healthcare is a not-for-proft health care system that is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community locally and globally.
MedStar SiTEL combines the smartest ideas in education and technology to drive better performance in people and safer care for patients.

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 icon Target Audience:

Staff working with hazadous chemicals

time to complete icon Time to Complete:

30 Minutes

contributor icon Contributor:

Partners Healthcare, MedStar

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