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Hazard Communication for Post‐Acute Care

Under its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers to develop written hazard communication programs. 

The primary goal of the HCS is to ensure the safety of employees who work with hazardous materials.

To keep safe in the workplace:

  • Healthcare workers need to learn about hazardous materials and how they can hurt you
  • Identify your potential for exposure
  • Recognize signs of overexposure
  • Learn how to safeguard against exposure 

The overall purpose of this activity is to enable learners to understand how to protect themselves from exposure to hazardous materials.

Courseware Learning Objectives

 After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define hazardous materials including a description of why certain materials are hazardous to healthcare workers.
  • Recognize the information that must be included on a safety data sheet for hazardous materials used in the work place.
  • Distinguish the requirements and interpretation of a chemical container label that will help ensure healthcare worker safety.
  • Cite the importance of using personal protective equipment that can assist in improving healthcare worker safety.