Early in 1996 OSHA issued Tuberculosis Directives that enforce the 1994 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tuberculosis Prevention Guidelines, and allow for the wearing of new classes of NIOSH approved respirators/masks as well as HEPA masks.
MARCOM’s training products on “Tuberculosis in the Healthcare Environment” include the changes in respiratory protection requirements. These products are designed to assist facilities and operations whose employees have a risk of exposure to tuberculosis. They also help employees understand the nature of the disease, as well as what they can do to protect themselves from infection.
All of the products… the new “Micro-Learning” and full-length online courses as well as the DVDs and interactive CD courses… discuss topics that are integral to employees’ understanding of these issues.
Topics covered in these products include:
- Epidemiology and symptoms of tuberculosis.
- Modes by which tuberculosis is transmitted.
- The CDC Guidelines.
- The Exposure Control Plan.
- Recognition of exposure situations.
- Practices to prevent exposure.
- Administrative and engineering controls.
- Selection and use of personal protective equipment (including respirators).
- and more.
All “Tuberculosis in the Healthcare Environment” products are available in English and Spanish.
The “Tuberculosis” MicroLearning curriculum includes the following 3 – 5 minute courses:
- “The Resurgence of Tuberculosis”
- “How TB Spreads and Guidelines for Fighting It”
- “TB Risks in Healthcare Environments”
- “Reducing Risk: Medical Surveillance”
- “Reducing Risk: Engineering Controls”
- “Reducing Exposure: Wearing a Respirator”
- “Working with and Treating Active TB”