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OSHA Outdoor Biological Hazards

Snakes, Insects, Rodents and Poisonous Plants Online Training Certification

Persons who work outdoors are exposed to many types of hazards depending on the nature of their work, the season of the year, the geographic region they are in, and the amount of time they spend outdoors. Outdoor Biological hazards is one of these hazards and includes vector-borne diseases (for example St. Louis encephalitis, West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease), venomous wildlife and insects, and poisonous plants.

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Governing regulations.

Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees". Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to "comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act".

Who must take this course?
Any worker that are potentially exposed to biological hazards as part of their job must take this course.

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Click to Learn More How long is the course?

It will take a MINIMUM of 1 hour 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.

Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable OSHA Outdoor Biological Hazards Training certificate and wallet card.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

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.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.1 CEUs (or 1 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

Click to Learn More Course format.

Our OSHA Outdoor Biological Hazards Training course consists of content, graphics, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More Course synopsis.

This course describes general aspects of biological hazards, such as viruses and bacteria, snakes, spiders, mice and rats, plants that produce toxins and allergens, etc. and how they can affect the safety and health of workers.

Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • what a biological hazard is
  • how workers can be exposed to such hazards
  • recognizing these hazards:
    • microorganisms
    • harmful plants
    • insects and arachnids (e.g. spiders, ticks)
    • snakes and other reptiles
    • mammals
    • animal parts (e.g. dander, feces)
  • related terms including non-permit and permit spaces,
  • hazard controls, including:
    • engineering
    • administrative/work practices and procedures
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Outdoor Biological Hazards. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:

(a) Each employer -

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.

A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer's industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.

Therefore it is our recommendation that workers be retrained at least every three years.

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