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Biohazard Cleanup & Waste Disposal - Chapter Summary
The text and video lessons included in this chapter will go over important topics that you will need to understand if you are required to clean and dispose of biohazardous waste. These lessons will help you identify different types of biohazards and waste materials, as well as the safest and most effective ways to dispose of them. Go over relevant laws and protocols for these kinds of hazards, safety precautions, and procedures for responding to incidents involving biohazards. You will also get a broad picture of the larger political issues and controversies relating to waste disposal.
Each lesson provides a short but comprehensive overview of major biohazard disposal topics. Once you complete the lessons, the chapter also offers you practice quizzes and a final exam that will help you assess your understanding of this subject. If you would like further clarification on specific points, you also have the option of messaging the lesson instructors directly. Additionally, your personal Dashboard will help you keep track of your learning progress as you learn more about these topics.
How It Helps
When working with biohazardous materials, any slip-up or lapse in judgement can have significant consequences. Therefore, it's essential that you thoroughly understand the proper safety protocols for biohazard cleanup and disposal. You can go through these lessons to study the relevant laws and safety precautions that you will need to take when disposing of various biohazards. Make sure that you implement these guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of you and your co-workers.
Once you complete this chapter, you will be able to:
- Recognize the specific protocols and regulations for working with different types of waste
- Safely clean up biohazardous materials
- Comply with legal and occupational regulations that pertain to biohazardous waste
- Response effectively to potential workplace incidents involve biohazards
- Understand the larger political issues relevant to biohazard and waste disposal
1. How to Identify Ecological Hazards
This lesson explains the term ecological hazard. Next, we will look at different types of ecological hazards and why they are hazardous. Finally, we will highlight places in healthcare facilities where hazards exist.
2. How to Clean Up Blood Spills
Blood spills happen more than we'd like to admit, especially in medical settings. In this lesson, we'll cover proper, safe procedures for cleaning blood spills from different surface types.
3. Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy
Hazardous materials come in all types and from many sources. Because they may be harmful to human health, it's important to dispose of them properly and safely. It's also due to this potential harm that both their use and disposal are controversial.
4. How to Dispose of Sharps
Sharps are objects that can break or puncture the skin, like needles and syringes. Knowing how to dispose of them safely minimizes the risk of harm to people who help with the disposal process.
5. Biohazard Waste Disposal Regulations
How should a doctor's office dispose of a syringe that was used on a patient? How should a hospital dispose of blood-soaked bandages? Learn the answer to these questions, and other biohazard waste disposal regulations by reading this lesson!
6. Other Potentially Infectious Material (OPIM): Definition & Transmission
Potentially infectious materials (PIMs) are bodily fluids that can spread infection from one person to another through direct contact. This lesson will cover which fluids might contain bloodborne pathogens and how they are transmitted between people.
7. Exposure Incident: Definition & Procedures
This lesson will explain what an exposure incident is. It will also include a sample protocol of what to do in case of an exposure incident, and explain why each protocol should be specific to different settings.
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