Cal / OSHA Healthcare Respiratory Protection

This course is an overview of the requirements for providing respiratory protection for workers who perform healthcare services for humans and animals.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to the Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers Training Course
  • Respiratory Hazards and Their Sources in Healthcare Settings
  • Applicable Standards
  • Elimination, Reduction, and Control of Respiratory Hazards in Healthcare Settings
  • Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of a Respiratory Protection Program

Course Description

In this course, we will explore how to develop and implement an effective respiratory program that complies with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) standards. This course presents an overview of the requirements for providing respiratory protection for workers who perform healthcare services for humans and animals or who work in an industry that comes in contact with the byproducts of human and animal healthcare.

The Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check non-scored questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Cal / OSHA Healthcare Respiratory Protection Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to the Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers Training Course

  • Overview of Standards for Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers
  • Key Terms

Respiratory Hazards and Their Sources in Healthcare Settings

  • Chemical Hazards in Healthcare Settings
  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases
  • Diseases and Pathogens That Require Airborne Infection Isolation
  • Pathogens That Require Droplet Precaution
  • Zoonotic Aerosol Transmissible Diseases

Applicable Standards

  • Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard
  • When Is a Facility Required to Comply with the Respiratory Protection Standard?
  • Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) Standard
  • Comparison and Management of the Requirements for Both Standards
  • Human Healthcare and Related Facilities That Are Subject to the ATD Standards
  • Animal Healthcare and Related Facilities That Are Subject to the ATD Standards

Elimination, Reduction, and Control of Respiratory Hazards in Healthcare Settings

  • Elimination and Reduction of Respiratory Hazards
  • Methods to Eliminate or Reduce Chemical Respiratory Hazards
  • Requirements for Controlling the Exposure to ATD Pathogens
  • Methods to Control the Exposure to ATD Pathogens
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Prevent Exposure
  • Fit Testing of Respirators
  • Different Types of Respirators
  • Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Classes of NIOSH-Approved Respirator Filters
  • Air-Supplying Respirators
  • Respirator Selection for Workers

Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of a Respiratory Protection Program

  • Required Actions for Compliance
  • Step 1 – Assign a Specific Person to Be the Administrator
  • Step 2 – Perform a Respiratory Hazard Evaluation of the Healthcare Facility
  • Seek the Help of Outside Experts
  • Methods Used to Evaluate Respiratory Hazards
  • Changes at Facility That Require Reevaluation of Respiratory Hazards
  • Scheduled Program Evaluations Versus Reevaluation of Hazard Levels
  • Step 3 – Eliminate or Reduce the Need for Respiratory Protection in the Workplace
  • Step 4 – Become Knowledgeable About Respiratory Protection and Its Use
  • Step 5 – Develop and Implement a Written Plan
  • Step 6 – Establish a Training Program
  • Step 7 – Conduct an Ongoing Evaluation of the Program
  • Respiratory Protection Program Evaluation Process
  • Evaluation Checklist
  • Step 8 – Maintain Records

Summary

Additional Resources

Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

Workers who are employed in healthcare facilities and other settings in which airborne chemicals and airborne byproducts of humans and animals are present face a higher risk of respiratory illness than the general public. Hospitals and other human and animal healthcare facilities that employ these workers are morally and legally obligated to provide protection from respiratory hazards.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Government agencies, such as Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), that oversee the protection of healthcare workers require that healthcare facilities implement a respiratory protection program. Employers in facilities or operations in which workers are exposed to respiratory hazards must comply with these regulations by developing and implementing a respiratory protection program.

What are the governing regulations?

This online course satisfies the training requirements for the Cal/OSHA Title 8 CCR, Section 5144 & 5199 Respiratory Protection Safety Standard.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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