Safety for Healthcare Workers

Course Titles and Descriptions

Acute Respiratory Illness Pandemic Training for Healthcare Workers

For most healthy adults, seasonal viruses are not generally life-threatening. But as you’ve seen in the news, respiratory disease pandemics, such as those caused by coronaviruses or influenza, are something else. They often involve new strains of viruses to which people have developed no immunity. These kinds of viruses can spread quickly and widely, and they can pose a major global health threat. That’s why you need to know about acute respiratory illness pandemics and how to prepare for them. The main objective of this course is to make you aware of the risks of pandemics, the potential problems we could all face should we be hit with a pandemic, and the precautions you would need to take to keep you, your family, and your patients safe.

Acute Respiratory Illness Pandemic Training for Healthcare Workers (Spanish)

For most healthy adults, seasonal viruses are not generally life-threatening. But as you’ve seen in the news, respiratory disease pandemics, such as those caused by coronaviruses or influenza, are something else. They often involve new strains of viruses to which people have developed no immunity. These kinds of viruses can spread quickly and widely, and they can pose a major global health threat. That’s why you need to know about acute respiratory illness pandemics and how to prepare for them. The main objective of this course is to make you aware of the risks of pandemics, the potential problems we could all face should we be hit with a pandemic, and the precautions you would need to take to keep you, your family, and your patients safe.

Bloodborne Pathogens: Healthcare Workers

Your job in health care involves helping others. But sometimes doing your job could put you at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. We will talk about what bloodborne pathogens are, how you might be exposed to them, the precautions you can take to successfully prevent exposure, and what to do if you are exposed. Fortunately, your chance of being exposed to bloodborne pathogens on the job is small. But keeping that risk to a minimum is important to us all.

Electrical Safety: Unqualified Person

This training session will discuss the hazards of electricity and how to prevent exposure to electrical hazards. By the end of the training session, you will be able to understand the hazards of electricity, identify and avoid common electrical hazards, and follow safe work practices around electrical equipment.

Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Workers

Unfortunately, workplace emergencies are a fact of life. Fortunately, they don’t happen often. But when they do, the result can be very bad for us and for our patients. To minimize injuries, loss of life, and damage to the facility, we must all be prepared to act effectively in a variety of possible emergency situations.

Ergonomics for Healthcare Workers

This interactive course helps employees identify ergonomic risk factors on the job, recognize the signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), lift and carry objects safely, and take other precautions to prevent ergonomic injuries.

Handling Medical Waste

Healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, dental practices, blood banks, veterinary hospitals/clinics, and medical research facilities and laboratories, generate medical wastes. As a healthcare worker, you may be exposed to medical wastes on the job. For example, patient care workers, housekeepers, maintenance personnel, and others may all be involved in handling medical wastes or at least come in contact with these materials. Some medical wastes can be hazardous to your health. This course is designed to explain the hazards of medical wastes, the precautions you can take to protect yourself from harmful exposures, and the procedures you must follow to protect yourself and your facility coworkers from the hazards of medical wastes.

Hazard Communication for Healthcare Workers

Hazard communication is a requirement of state and federal law. The standard, which is also referred to as the worker right to know standard, makes sure that you know all about the possible dangers of hazardous chemicals that you may come into contact with as a healthcare worker and gives you the information to protect yourself from those hazards. Your employer is required to provide you with this information for the hazardous chemicals present in your workplace.

HIPAA Privacy Rule: What Healthcare Workers Need to Know

By the time the session is over, you should be able to understand the purpose of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, identify covered entities, determine basic requirements of the rule, follow policies and procedures to protect patients’ health information, and use the HIPAA Privacy Rule to protect your own health information.

How to Lift and Transfer Patients Safely

In this online training session, employees will learn how to identify patient-handling hazards, understand basic rules for safe patient lifts and transfers, use mechanical lifting and transferring equipment to avoid back injuries, prepare properly for patient lifts and transfers, and use safe techniques in a variety of patient life and transfer situations.

How to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls for Healthcare Workers

The main objective of this training session is to help you avoid slip, trip, and fall hazards and prevent accidents. This course focuses on Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, requirements and best practices. It does not address rules or guidance issued by other agencies or organizations such as the Joint Commission that may also apply to you.

How to Prevent Workplace Violence: A Guide for Healthcare Workers

By the time this session is over, you should be able to realize the risks; identify risk factors; understand the effects of workplace violence; take effective measures to prevent violence; recognize signs of impending violence; and protect yourself in violent situations.

Pandemic Flu: How to Prevent and Respond

The main objective of this session is to make you aware of the risks of flu pandemics, the potential problems we could all face should we be hit with a pandemic, and the precautions you would need to take to keep yourself and your family safe. By the time the session is over, you should be able to understand what a pandemic is, recognize the risks, identify flu symptoms, prevent the spread of infection, prepare for and deal with a pandemic at work and at home, and know what to do if you get sick.

Personal Protective Equipment: Healthcare Workers

Today, you’ll learn why using the right PPE for the job is so important. You’ll also learn about hazards that require PPE and how to select, use, and maintain your PPE so that it can always provide the protection you need. The main objective of this training session is to provide you with an awareness of how to use PPE effectively to protect against job hazards. This course focuses on Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, requirements. It does not address rules or guidance issued by other agencies or organizations such as the Joint Commission that may also apply to you.

Respiratory Protection

Millions of workers wear respirators in workplaces across a wide variety of industries to protect against airborne contaminants and poor oxygen environments. But just wearing a respirator is not enough. Respirator users must know how to properly fit, use, inspect, and maintain their respirators to fully protect against respiratory hazards. This course will help you recognize respiratory hazards in your workplace and show you how to use and maintain respirators to keep yourself safe. By the end of the training, you will be able to identify common respiratory hazards and explain why respirators are necessary to protect against these hazards; describe how a respirator operates and recognize the capabilities and limitations of each type of respirator; safely wear and use your respirator; properly inspect, maintain, and store your respirator; recognize emergency situations and medical symptoms that limit the effective use of respirators; and summarize your employer’s obligations under the Respiratory Protection Standard. This course does not address the requirements for employees who voluntarily use respirators or for interior structural firefighters

Respiratory Protection (Spanish)

Millions of workers wear respirators in workplaces across a wide variety of industries to protect against airborne contaminants and poor oxygen environments. But just wearing a respirator is not enough. Respirator users must know how to properly fit, use, inspect, and maintain their respirators to fully protect against respiratory hazards. This course will help you recognize respiratory hazards in your workplace and show you how to use and maintain respirators to keep yourself safe. By the end of the training, you will be able to identify common respiratory hazards and explain why respirators are necessary to protect against these hazards; describe how a respirator operates and recognize the capabilities and limitations of each type of respirator; safely wear and use your respirator; properly inspect, maintain, and store your respirator; recognize emergency situations and medical symptoms that limit the effective use of respirators; and summarize your employer’s obligations under the Respiratory Protection Standard. This course does not address the requirements for employees who voluntarily use respirators or for interior structural firefighters.

Stress Management (Multimedia)

A little bit of stress can keep us on our toes and give us the adrenaline we need to get through tough situations. But when stress becomes persistent or excessive, it can create problems—both at work and at home. And even worse—it can take a toll on your physical and mental health. During this session we’ll learn about what causes stress, how much is too much, and lots of things you can do to make it more manageable for you.

Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care in California: What Employees Need to Know

Can you identify the signs of workplace violence and the risks of a violent incident happening at your workplace and know how to defuse the situation? Workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare settings face significant threats of violence, and there are factors that contribute to this risk, including working directly with people who have a history of violence or who may be delirious or under the influence of drugs.  This presentation will train workers in healthcare facilities in California to recognize the signs of violence and the risk factors that can lead to violent acts and deal effectively and safely with threats and incidents of workplace violence. This course is designed to meet the requirements of California’s Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care rule, but it can be adopted by any healthcare facility that adopts the California rule as their own policy.  When the training is completed, trainees will be able to identify the risks and causes of workplace violence, recognize potential perpetrators of violence, spot the signs of violence, respond effectively to threats and violent acts, and report any violent or uncomfortable situation immediately. Duration: 23 Minutes