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As a member of the healthcare team, you should be aware of the hazards to your health and safety posed by chemicals that are used in the medical office. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, requires that medical office workers be trained to use these chemicals safely. As a member of the health care team, you have certain rights. At the time of initial employment and at least annually thereafter, you must be told of the existence, location, and availability of your medical and exposure records. You must also be informed of your rights under the access standard, and copies of the standard must be made available. You also must be told who is responsible for maintaining and providing access to records.

This course is designed so that you can become aware of the hazards and take appropriate steps to ensure your own safety and the safety of others.

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Section 1: Introduction to Hazardous Chemicals
  • Section 2: Types of Hazards
  • Section 3: Types of Exposure
  • Section 4: Knowing Hazardous Chemicals
  • Section 5: General Safety
  • Section 6: Specific Precautions and Hazards

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of hazards posed by the chemicals in the medical office and the appropriate steps to take to assure your own safety and the safety of others.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Give examples of typical hazardous chemicals and state how common chemicals can pose a threat.
  • Describe OSHA requirements for hazard communication.
  • Describe where to obtain information about a chemical.
  • LIst ways to avoid skin and mucous membrane contact with hazardous chemicals, and prevent fires and explosions.
  • Describe in general terms precautions related to clean-up and disposal procedures.
  • LIst general precautions related to transfer and storage of hazardous chemicals.

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