Managing Healthcare Safety Course - Biological Hazards | Alison

Managing Health and Safety in Healthcare - Biological Agent Hazards

Learn how to identify and safely manage workplace biological hazards in a healthcare environment with this course.

Health and Safety
Free Course
This free online health and safety course will teach you about the management of biological agent hazards in healthcare environments. In this course you will learn about the types and classes of biological agents that in the healthcare industry might encounter. You will also learn about biological agent risk assessment, as well as learn how to implement effective biological agent hazard control measures, and more.





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This course begins with an introduction to biological agents. You will learn that bacteria, viruses, fungi, other microorganisms and their associated toxins are all considered biological agents and are found in the natural environment and many work sectors. You will study biological agents risk assessment and look into their ability to affect human health in different ways ranging from relatively mild, allergic reactions to serious medical conditions, and even death.

You will then look into how to implement control measures. This course will discuss the biological agent risk groups. You will learn that they are assigned to four risk groups to enable employers to implement practical protective measures. You will learn that the categories are based on the degree of the respective biological agents’ infection risk where biological agents in risk group 1 pose the lowest risk of infection, while those in risk group 4 pose the highest.

Managing occupational health and safety in any healthcare settings is a serious task. Upon the completion of this course, you will gain a better understanding of the four biological agent risk groups and the ways in which healthcare employees can be exposed to biological agents in the workplace. Check out this course and be able to easily recognise the health risks associated with hazardous biological agents as well as carry out a biological agents risk assessment in the workplace!

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module you should be able to:

  • outline the four biological agent risk groups
  • identify ways in which healthcare employees are exposed to biological agents in the workplace
  • recognise the types of health effects associated with hazardous biological agents
  • describe how to carry out a biological agents risk assessment in the workplace, and
  • describe the measures used to safeguard healthcare employees from harmful effects of hazardous biological agents.


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