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This online course satisfies the training requirements for the Cal/OSHA Title 8 CCR, Section 5144 & 5199 Respiratory Protection Safety Standard.
Who must take this course?
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.
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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.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a Cal/OSHA Regulations Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Safety Training printable certificate and wallet card.
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 then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check non-scored questions, and a final exam.
Healthcare workers perform their duties in environments where they may be exposed to aerosol transmissible diseases. Hospitals and other human and animal healthcare facilities that employ these workers are morally and legally obligated to provide protection from respiratory hazards. In this course, we will explore how to develop and implement an effective respiratory program that complies with California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) standards. Regardless of the resources or the size of the facility, following the approach we share in this training course will help to ensure that all of the facility's workers are protected from respiratory hazards.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- 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
- Additional Resources
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.