Hazmat for Health Care Providers: Operations Level

Online Course
1 hour
University of Iowa
Upper Midwest PERLC
Responder Safety and Health

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This course is intended for health care workers in a hospital environment who may need to respond to an incident involving a contaminated patient on the operations level. Prerequisite: HAZMAT Awareness for Healthcare Providers is a prerequisite for this course.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe toxicity and relative toxicity
  • Define common terms (i.e. IDLH, TLV-C) used to measure toxicity and exposure limits
  • List the four major routes of entry of toxic chemicals and describe factors that affect absorption for each
  • Describe measures to avoid secondary contamination
  • Use reference materials to obtain information about a toxic chemical in order to treat patients and maintain safety of self and others
  • List the steps for donning and doffing PPE
  • List the steps for assembling and disassembling a decontamination shower
  • Utilize manufacturer instructions for the proper care and maintenance of PPE
  • Recognize circumstances under which you can or cannot rely on your PPE for protection
  • List the steps for decontaminating ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients
PHEP Capabilities: 
Medical Surge
Responder Safety and Health
Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
Community Preparedness