Ch 4: Microbiology for Safety Professionals

About This Chapter

We call them germs, but actually there are a number of different types of dangerous microbes in our work environments. Use this chapter to help boost your understanding of the pathogens, diseases, and other microbiology topics that are important for safety professionals to know.

Microbiology for Safety Professionals - Chapter Summary

Microbiology is the study of tiny organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, some of which cause illness to humans. In this chapter, our instructors will lead you through a study of the type of pathogens and diseases, including infectious diseases and airborne and bloodborne pathogens. The lessons will also teach you the standard safety precautions used to prevent the spread of disease, and you can learn about advances in nanotechnology and how that is being used to battle diseases.

When you have completed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the history of microbiology
  • Categorize and explain various pathogens and diseases
  • Detail the transmission modes of infectious diseases
  • List common airborne diseases
  • Describe bloodborne pathogens
  • Demonstrate appropriate safety precautions regarding bloodborne pathogens
  • Explain applications of nanotechnology in regards to pathogen and disease safety

Our experienced instructors are ready to guide you through this important content using text and video lessons. When viewing a video lesson, be sure to use the Timeline feature of the video player to review the main ideas. Each lesson ends with a self-assessment quiz that you can use to evaluate your level of understanding of this important material.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Microbiology for Safety Professionals
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What is Microbiology? - Definition & History

1. What is Microbiology? - Definition & History

Everywhere you look, even though you can't see them, there is a hidden world of microorganisms. Microbiology is the study of this hidden world of organisms that affect our health, help make our food, and influence our environment.

Pathogens and Disease: Definitions, Types & Causes

2. Pathogens and Disease: Definitions, Types & Causes

There are many different types of pathogens and many problems they cause. This lesson will teach you about four main types of pathogens, examples of each, and what problems they cause.

The Different Routes of Infectious Disease Transmission

3. The Different Routes of Infectious Disease Transmission

This lesson will discuss the different ways you can get sick. We'll discuss how pathogenic microbes can be transmitted to you or someone else as we explore horizontal and vertical transmission as well as vectors, vehicles, and fomites.

Airborne Diseases: Definition, Types & Examples

4. Airborne Diseases: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn about the different types of airborne diseases and how they spread. We'll also discuss our natural defense mechanisms and the routes of infection or exposure, as well as the seriousness and symptoms of some common airborne diseases.

What are Bloodborne Pathogens?

5. What are Bloodborne Pathogens?

This lesson will define bloodborne pathogens, give you some examples of ones you've likely already heard about, and describe how people are commonly infected.

Bloodborne Pathogens Transmission

6. Bloodborne Pathogens Transmission

It turns out that bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted through many ways other than blood. If you wish to find out these other modes of transmission, then read this lesson!

Bloodborne Pathogens: Safety & Standard Precautions

7. Bloodborne Pathogens: Safety & Standard Precautions

In a hospital setting, there is always a risk of healthcare workers becoming exposed to bloodborne pathogens from patient bodily fluids. Let's review some of the standard precautions used to increase safety in healthcare.

Nanotechnology: Definition, Applications & Examples

8. Nanotechnology: Definition, Applications & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about nanotechnology. We will define nanotechnology and what makes this technology so revolutionary. We will also examine some applications and examples of nanotechnology.

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