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  • Online- At Risk, Special needs & Service Animal Decontamination
    Length  CEU  Price
    1 Hours  0.1  $40

    This course provides an introductory overview to increase the legal and practical provisions when delivering emergency decontamination to these select demographic groups. The viewer is also presented with some operational considerations and tactics to better enhance their organization’s capability to address this recognized but often overlooked special population. The course objectives include instructing course participants on what constitutes an At-Risk/Special Needs population and the definition of Service and Working Animals; how to identify and understand the unique needs of this population demographic; and to recognize adequate and appropriate emergency decontamination methods should these individuals or situations arise at your healthcare facility or shelter during an unplanned chemical, biological or radiological emergency.

    When you register for an online course, you will receive an email confirmation including a link to the OSU Online Classroom and your username and password. The course is self-paced unless otherwise noted. You have 6 months to complete the course unless otherwise noted. Download the instructional materials and view each video. Exams must be completed with a 70% or better. You will receive a Certificate of Completion when you have successfully completed the course.

  • Online- HAZWOPER for First Receivers "Awareness Level"
    Length  CEU  Price
    4 Hours  0.4  $45

    Online-Healthcare Employee Protection

    First Receiver Awareness– Front Line Defense from Contaminated Victims

    Healthcare Administrators, as employers, have long recognized and responded to the essential need to protect their employees’ health and safety while providing patient care. In 2005, OSHA clarified expectations or minimum standards of care for employees involved in encountering people contaminated by exposure to hazardous substances.

    The employer’s responsibilities and duties were defined by OSHA for these employees, designated as HAZWOPER First Receiver Awareness level. Additionally, for the actual decontamination of contaminated victims, OSHA defined the employer’s responsibilities for employees designated as HAZWOPER First Receiver Operations level.

    How important are these Awareness and Operations roles, duties, and correct actions?

    Each action is primarily for protecting not just First Receiver employees but also other employees, the care services provided within the Health Care Facility (HCF), and other patients. Unfortunately, all too often, these critical actions are not adequately implemented.

    At worst, vital areas of the HCF can be quickly contaminated. Employee health and safety can be jeopardized. Negative press and legal issues for Administrators are likely. At best, HCF Administrators have recognized their responsibilities and responded by developing and supporting their First Receiver Awareness program with a commitment of a policy, procedures and training. Any First Receiver Operations program can be developed to meet the intent of OSHA because HAZWOPER is a performance-oriented standard.

    Oklahoma State University has provided verifiable HAZWOPER guidance and support to industries and hospitals for over three decades. We have managed and delivered state-wide NIMS compliant ICS training for First Receiver Operations Level including over 500 Hands-On courses.

    Our unique emphasis on "Program Managers" for First Receivers helps minimize both program start-up and continuance challenges. This emphasis is critical because no HCF employee manages a First Receiver program as their sole job responsibility.

    See table for assistance in determining which employees need Awareness and/or Operations training and employer certification.
    MANDATORY TRAINING FIRST RECEIVERS COVERED REFERENCE
    First Responder OPERATIONS LEVEL
    Initial training
    Annual refresher
    Both initial and refresher training may be satisfied by demonstration of competence.
    All employees with designated roles in the Hospital Decontamination Zone

    This group includes, but is not limited to:
    Decontamination staff, including decontamination victim inspectors; clinicians who will triage and/or stabilize victims prior to decontamination; security staff [e.g., crowd control and controlling access to the emergency department (ED)]; set-up crew; and patient tracking clerks.
    OSHA, 2003, 1992c, 1999
    Briefing at the time of the incident Other employees whose role in the Hospital Decontamination Zone was not previously anticipated (i.e., who are called in incidentally).
    (e.g., a medical specialist or trade person, such as an electrician)
    OSHA, 1997
    First Responder AWARENESS LEVEL
    Initial training
    Annual refresher
    Both initial and refresher training may be satisfied by demonstration of competence.
    Security personnel, set-up crew, and patient tracking clerks Both initial and refresher training may be satisfied by demonstration of competence

    ED clinicians, clerks, triage staff, and other employees associated with emergency departments, who might encounter self-referred contaminated victims (and their belongings, equipment, or waste) without receiving prior notification that such victims have been contaminated.
    OSHA, 1991a, 1991b
    Note. Reprinted from "OSHA BEST PRACTICES for HOSPITAL-BASED FIRST RECEIVERS OF VICTIMS from Mass Casualty Incidents Involving the Release of Hazardous Substances", by Occupational Health and Safety Administration, (2005), p. 32. Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/bestpractices/firstreceivers_hospital.pdf

    When you register for an online course, you will receive an email confirmation including a link to the OSU Online Classroom and your username and password. The course is self-paced unless otherwise noted. You have 6 months to complete the course unless otherwise noted. Download the instructional materials and view each video. Exams must be completed with a 70% or better. You will receive a Certificate of Completion when you have successfully completed the course.

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