OSHA Hazard Communication and Chemical Hygiene for Healthcare Personnel (Online Course)

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Authors: Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP)MA Ed; Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)
Reviewer: Leah Coppolino, MPH, MLS(ASCP)

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  • Explain the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Hazard Communications Standard as it relates to laboratory work.
  • Explain labels and coding systems that alert users to chemical hazards.
  • Explain each section of a safety data sheet (SDS).
  • Identify basic laboratory common sense rules that apply to chemical handling.

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Course Outline

  • Chemicals -- Past and Present
    • Introduction
      • Introduction
    • Chemicals
      • Respect!
      • In the Past
      • In the Present
      • Haz-Com
      • Regulation of Chemical Hazards in the Healthcare Setting
      • How is a hazardous chemical defined in the Hazards Communication Standard (HCS)?
    • Drugs
      • Preparing Hazardous Drugs in the Healthcare Setting
      • Administering Hazardous Drugs to Patients
    • Responsibility
      • Employer Responsibility
      • Your Responsibility
  • Labeling Systems
      • Globally Harmonized System for Labeling of Chemicals
      • Hazard Labels: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
      • Other Labeling Systems
      • Labeling Secondary Containers
      • What hazard is indicated by the pictogram on the right?
  • Safety Data Sheets
    • Right to Know
      • Right to Know
      • Be Prepared
      • Sections
    • Sections
      • SDS Example
      • Sections Two and Three
      • Section Four
      • Section Five
      • Section Six
      • Section Seven
      • Section Eight
      • Sections Nine and Ten
      • Section Eleven
      • Sections Twelve and Thirteen
      • Sections Fourteen and Fifteen
      • Section Sixteen
      • If you accidentally splash a cleaning solution that contains a hazardous chemical on your skin, where could you quickly obtain information regarding t...
  • Safety Precautions
    • General
      • General Safety Precautions
      • Ingestion Prevention
      • Management of Spill & Disposal
      • Wash Your Hands!
      • Personal Protective Equipment
      • Eyewash Stations
      • Eyewash Station Requirements
      • Reducing the Risk of Fires Involving Chemicals
      • Monitoring Exposure
      • If you splash a chemical, such as a dialysis ingredient, in your eyes, what is the MINIMUM length of time that you should rinse your eyes in tepid wat...
    • Common Sense
      • Common Sense Rules
      • Common Sense Rules, continued
      • Keep It Safe!
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Basic

Intended Audience: Health care personnel and other professional personnel whose occupations involve the potential of exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Author Information: Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP)MA Ed has over 45 years experience as a certified medical technologist. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master's degree in Education from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. For 20 years she was a member of the management team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Department of Laboratories in St. Louis, Missouri, and served as the Safety Officer as well as a laboratory safety consultant to the BJC Health System. Terry Jo headed her own consulting firm, Safety Lady, LLC, for 27 years. In that capacity, she lectured and consulted worldwide on the proper implementation of safety programs in clinical laboratories.
Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP) has over 40 years of experience in the medical laboratory profession as a technologist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. She was an Inspection and Technical Specialist for nine years with the College of American Pathologists in the Laboratory Accreditation Program and, until her retirement in 2015, was Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. Barbara holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.
Reviewer information: Leah Coppolino, MPH, MLS(ASCP) is a Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. Previously, Leah was the Director of Education and Outreach as well as the Medical Laboratory Science Program Director at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University.


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