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Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection Healthcare

Online Training Certification Course

Title 8 CCR, Section 5144 & 5199

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Healthcare workers perform their duties in environments where they may be exposed to aerosol transmissible diseases. Hospitals and other human and animal healthcare facilities are required to protect their employees from such respiratory hazards.

This online certification course provides an overview of how to develop and implement an effective respiratory safety program that complies with California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) standards. Large healthcare facilities may assign this task to a team of health and safety professionals; at smaller healthcare facilities, this task may fall to one person. Whether your facility is large or small, this training will provide effective guidance on creating a mandatory respiratory safety program.

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Healthcare workers perform their duties in environments where they may be exposed to aerosol transmissible diseases. Facilities that employ these workers must provide healthcare respiratory protection training. This online training can be incorporated into a comprehensive training plan.

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Case Study: San Mateo County health, safety, and risk management professionals developed an aerosol transmissible exposure control plan that serves as an exemplary guide for other counties in California as they strive to meet the Cal/OSHA standards for respiratory exposure protection. In this plan, the requirements of the standards are clearly presented and explained. For each type of county stakeholder (for example, department heads, risk management specialists, public works administrators, purchasing agents, and employees), the plan outlines the specific tasks that the employee must perform to ensure respiratory protection for all county employees and its customers. The plan defines all terms that are relevant to its specific exposure control plan. The central components of the plan are its clearly written administrative control and safe work practices policies; procedures and specific guidelines for the cleaning and disinfection of work areas, vehicles, and equipment; and engineering controls. The plan then provides information about how respiratory protection is to be provided, how employees are to receive medical screening, what actions must be taken in the event of an exposure incident, and how training and recordkeeping must be performed. Finally, for handy reference, the plan includes lists of ATDs and, among other things, a list of high-risk facilities located in the county.

Key Takeaways: The San Mateo County plan to address respiratory hazards serves as a role model for the development of an aerosol transmissible exposure control plan for other counties in California as well as for many types of healthcare facilities.

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Governing Regulations

California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), more commonly known as Cal/OSHA, sets and enforces standards pertaining to the use of healthcare respiratory protection. These regulations can be found in Title 8 of California's Code of Regulations (CCR) in Section 5144 (respiratory protection) and Section 5199(g) (respiratory protection in aerosol transmissible diseases).

What You'll Learn

    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
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It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

According to California OSHA, training must be provided before the initial assignment and then at least annually, in accordance with the employer's written respiratory protection program. Retraining must be provided more frequently if the need for refresher training is warranted.

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.



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