CDC Workplace Infection Safety and Prevention 135

"CDC Workplace Infection Safety and Prevention" provides a comprehensive overview of how workplaces should respond to diseases caused by viruses spread mainly through person-to-person contact like COVID-19. As workplaces struggle to find a new normal amid the global pandemic of 2020, finding effective ways of protecting against the spread of such viruses is imperative to ensure continued business operation without endangering employee health and safety. In this class, users will learn ways to create a healthy and safe work environment that incorporates common methods of preventing the spread of COVID-19 recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state specific guidance.

Class Details

Class Name:
CDC Workplace Infection Safety and Prevention 135
Difficulty:
Beginner
Number of Lessons:
13

Class Outline

  • COVID-19
  • Disease Transmission
  • Viral and Antibody Testing
  • Transmission Prevention
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Preventing the Spread
  • Transmission Reduction in the Workplace
  • Creating a Healthy Work Environment
  • Healthy Business Practices
  • Hierarchy of Control Examples
  • When Sickness Develops
  • Workplace Infection Response
  • In Case of Illness

Objectives

  • Describe Coronavirus Disease 2019.
  • Explain how COVID-19 spreads.
  • Describe COVID-19 testing methods.
  • Describe ways to protect against infectious diseases like COVID-19.
  • Describe proper cleaning and disinfecting practices.
  • Describe ways to reduce disease transmission among coworkers.
  • Describe how to maintain a healthy work environment.
  • Describe how to maintain healthy business practices during an infectious disease outbreak.
  • Explain steps to take when sick with COVID 19. Explain steps to take when caring for a loved one sick with COVID-19.
  • Describe protocols employers should take in the event of a confirmed infected employee.

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Glossary

Vocabulary Term Definition
absenteeism The absence of an employee or employees. Absenteeism caused by illness during a pandemic should be planned for by employers to ensure continued operation.
acute respiratory distress ARDS. A syndrome that develops when the air sacs in the lungs fill up with fluid and restrict the ability of the lungs to take in air. Acute respiratory distress syndrome stops the lungs from delivering the oxygen organs in the human body require to function.
Americans with Disabilities Act ADA. A civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act prevents discrimination in situations involving employment.
antibody test A test that checks the blood for the presence of proteins that help fight off a viral infection. Antibody tests are used to confirm that someone previously had Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and their immune system successfully suppressed the virus.
asymptomatic Showing no symptoms of disease. Asymptomatic people often do not know they have an illness, since they have no indication that they are ill.
barriers A movable or permanent structure that keeps employees from entering dangerous areas. Safety barriers keep employees from reaching over, under, around, or through them.
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An agency that develops and applies disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education. The CDC is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC. An agency that develops and applies disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
cleaning The removal of dirt and impurities, such as germs, from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs but does decrease the number of germs on a surface.
cloth face covering An item of protective clothing that is made from multiple layers of cotton or other tightly woven material and fits snugly over the nose and mouth. Cloth face coverings protect others from diseases the person wearing the mask may have.
concentrations The amount of a substance contained within a given amount of space. High concentrations of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can build up in an infected person's upper respiratory tract very quickly.
contaminated Polluted with a noxious substance. Surfaces contaminated with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can spread the virus to a person who touches them.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID-19. A respiratory illness caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Coronavirus Disease 2019 was discovered in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and caused the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global pandemic in March 2020.
coronaviruses Viruses that cause respiratory illness in humans. While mild cases of coronavirus can cause the common cold, more lethal forms of the virus can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019. A respiratory illness caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Coronavirus Disease 2019 was discovered in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and caused the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global pandemic in March 2020.
cross-training The practice of training employees on more than one job role or skill. Cross-training allows employees to fill in for absent coworkers, so the work still gets done.
disinfecting The use of chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. Disinfecting does not clean a surface and should be used after cleaning to eliminate remaining germs.
Environmental Protection Agency EPA. The U.S. federal government agency that carries on federal research, monitoring, standard-setting, and enforcement activities to ensure a clean, healthy environment. The Environmental Protection Agency maintains standards for any fluids that contain potentially harmful ingredients.
essential Having a function critical to the infrastructure of a community or country. Essential organizations are exempt from having exposed workers who have no symptoms quarantine for 14 days and will have specific guidelines to minimize risk.
face mask Medical grade personal protective equipment that protects healthcare workers from contracting illnesses from patients and vice versa. Face masks have different ratings that indicate the situations in which they should be used.
face shields A rigid, transparent plastic sheet that covers the worker's entire face to protect against dust or splashes. Face shields should be worn by workers to protect against respiratory droplets when social distancing is not possible.
gloves A type of personal protective equipment worn on the hands and/or arms to reduce the risk of injury. Gloves should always be worn when handling chemicals or sharp objects.
hazard assessment A written, formal appraisal of the safety risks that exist within a workplace. A hazard assessment is often performed by the safety team during a walk-through and is often used to determine appropriate types of personal protective equipment.
hazards A source of danger or possible injury. Hazards can be physical hazards, such as falling objects, or health hazards, such as biological or chemical exposure.
hierarchy of controls A set of guidelines established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that ranks and categorizes workplace safety measures based on level of effectiveness. The Hierarchy of Controls includes engineering controls, administrative controls, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
human resources HR. The department in a company that is responsible for recruiting talent, establishing workplace policies, tracking employee performance, managing employee compensation and benefits, and taking corrective action on performance issues. Human resources policies should be consistent with public health guidelines.
immune system A network of organs, tissues, and cells that work together to fight off infection. The immune system can be compromised by actions such as smoking, by being overly active, or due to disorders that weaken it or make it attack healthy tissue in the body.
influenza Flu. An infectious disease caused by an influenza virus. Influenza is a respiratory illness.
isolation The act of separating a person who has a contagious disease from those who are not ill. Isolation prevents the spread of illness by preventing the exposure of healthy people to those who have the disease
List N A list of all the products that meet the criteria for use against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). List N contains each product by their EPA registration number listed on their label.
novel Never before seen. When something is novel it is new and unique.
pandemic An infectious disease outbreak that occurs across multiple countries or continents or worldwide. Pandemics are declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).
personal protective equipment PPE. Any example of various safety equipment that workers wear or use to prevent injury in the workplace. Face masks are a form of personal protective equipment.
person-to-person contact Close proximity that results in the transfer infectious disease to another person. Person-to-person contact is the main way that the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is transmitted.
PPE personal protective equipment. Any example of various safety equipment that workers wear or use to prevent injury in the workplace. Face masks are a form of PPE.
proteins Large molecules that are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the tissues and organs within the human body. A type of protein, called an antibody, is used by the human body's immune system to fight off infection.
quarantine Separating a person who was exposed to a contagious disease from the general public until certain they have been determined to not have the disease. Quarantining someone who may have a contagious disease prevents exposing others to the disease and allowing its continued spread.
respiratory droplets A particle of water and other matter that is large enough to fall to the ground shortly after expiration. Respiratory droplets are produced by the human body when a person breathes, talks, sneezes, coughs, or vomits.
rhinovirus A virus that most often causes the common cold. Rhinovirus is a respiratory illness.
SARS-CoV-2 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. A coronavirus that causes the respiratory illness known as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). SARS-CoV-2 caused a global pandemic that was declared in March 2020.
severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 SARS-CoV-2. A coronavirus that causes the respiratory illness known as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 caused a global pandemic that was declared in March 2020.
sheds Release new virus particles out into the surrounding environment. To shed a virus means that the virus can then be spread to surrounding people and objects.
social distancing The act of remaining six feet apart from anyone who may be sick, including anyone not in your household. Social distancing prevents the spread of diseases transmitted through person-to-person contact.
splash guards A plastic shield that covers the point of operation. A splash guard protects the operator from contact with dangerous fluids.
suppliers Organizations that provide a product to another organization. Products are often passed in a chain, from the supplier to the organization to the customer.
telecommuting Work conducted electronically, usually via network connection, for employees who work remotely. Telecommuting limits person-to-person contact in the workplace.
teleconferencing A meeting conducted electronically, usually via telephone or network connection, for participants separated by long distances. Teleconferencing offers potential cost savings in travel and executive time.
unsanitized Not hygienic. Unsanitized items should be cleaned and disinfected.
upper respiratory tract The part of the respiratory tract that includes the mouth, nose, nasal passages, throat, and larynx. The upper respiratory tract provides a passage for air to be breathed in and out of the lungs.
viral test An evaluation that checks samples, such as a swab from inside of the nose, to confirm the presence of a virus. Viral tests are used to confirm that someone is currently sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
workplace coordinator The person made responsible for handling issues related to a designated emergency situation. The workplace coordinator should ensure that proper protocols are implemented and followed until the emergency situation is over.
World Health Organization WHO. A global group that promotes worldwide health and safety. The World Health Organization focuses on ensuring universal health and wellness, eradicating communicable disease, and responding to health emergencies.