Who Should Take This Course?
Ethylene oxide (EtO) is used extensively by hospitals and other industries as a sterilizing agent. It is also used for making many consumer products as well as non-consumer chemicals and intermediates. EtO is a colorless, odorless gas, which is both flammable and highly reactive. You cannot smell EtO until it reaches levels that can cause serious harm to human health. Studies show that EtO can be hazardous to human health. Short-term exposures can cause respiratory irritation and lung injury, shortness of breath, headache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Long-term exposure may cause cancer, reproductive effects, genetic changes, and damage to the nervous system.
REHS Continuing Education Credits
Per the California Department of Public Health, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized to offer 1 Contact Hour (0.1 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE) for this program.
While these CE units are intended for Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) in California, they are often transferred to other accrediting bodies. Please check with your specific agency for more details and to learn if your agency accepts this course for CE credit (Public Health Accreditation #044).
IACET Continuing Education Credits
Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 1 Contact Hour (0.1 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE) for this program.
Safety Unlimited, Inc. (Provider #5660170-2) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Safety Unlimited, Inc. complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Safety Unlimited, Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
About This Course
This fully narrated course is built for success, and includes interactions, exercises, and quiz questions intended to help prepare students for the final exam. Students must answer each quiz question and complete each interaction in order to proceed.
This course has one final exam based upon the material in the 3 course sections.
The exam consists of 10 questions selected at random from a larger pool of questions. A score of 70% or better is required to pass each exam. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake it as many times as necessary in order to pass.
The objective of this Ethylene Oxide Awareness Online course is to provide a general awareness of the risks and the regulatory requirements for protecting employees who work with ethylene oxide, as required by OSHA.
The course will also introduce students to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for ethylene oxide, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances - 29 CFR 1910.1047
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain what ethylene oxide is;
- Identify where workers may encounter ethylene oxide;
- Describe hazards and health effects of ethylene oxide exposure;
- Understand the essentials of OSHA’s ethylene oxide standard;
- Identify and describe OSHA methods of compliance to prevent ethylene oxide exposure; and
- Understand the requirements for medical surveillance and hazard communication.
Each employee covered by the Ethylene Oxide Standard must be trained to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of at least the following:
- Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of ethylene oxide in the work area (such as monitoring conducted by the employer, continuous monitoring devices, etc.);
- The physical and health hazards of ethylene oxide;
- The measures employees can take to protect themselves from hazards associated with ethylene oxide exposure, including specific procedures the employer has implemented to protect employees from exposure to ethylene oxide, such as work practices, emergency procedures, and personal protective equipment to be used; and
- The details of the hazard communication program developed by the employer, including an explanation of the labeling system and how employees can obtain and use the appropriate hazard information.
Additionally, workers must receive training, when required by OSHA standards, on the specific hazards of their job. Training providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company’s training program. Therefore, in addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training supplied by their employer. This training should target the company’s unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company-specific training should be well documented.