Introduction to Common Hospital Hazards

29 CFR 1910.22(a)(2), 29 CFR 1910.145(c)(2), 29 CFR 1910.37(a)(3)

100% Online Responsive Course

$14.95 (Valid for multi seat group disounts)

Hospitals have many unique hazards that can potentially affect the health of employees. Exposures to occupational hazards throughout hospital departments are highly variable. These hazards can include those present in an intensive care unit and emergency rooms.

This course discusses some of the common hazards faced by healthcare workers and effective control methods that can be used to minimize exposure to these hazards.

Compliant with OSHA Standards

29 CFR 1910.22(a)(2), 29 CFR 1910.145(c)(2), 29 CFR 1910.37(a)(3)

Common Hospital Hazards - Curriculum

Common Hazard Locations

A short overview of the most common hazards associated with emergency rooms.

Specific hazards that may be encountered when working in Intensive Care Units (ICU’s).

Common hazards associated with providing physical therapy to clients in a healthcare environment.

Hazard Types

A short overview of the different types of ergonomic hazards you can expect to encounter in a healthcare workplace.

Slips, trips, and falls are hazard in most work settings but even more so in Healthcare where slippery surfaces and obstructive equipment present a higher danger.

Many healthcare workplaces will contain hazardous chemicals , this lesson outlines the OSHA standard approach and requirements for dealing with Hazardous chemicals.

This lesson introduces Bloodborne Pathogens and the associated OSHA standard. Full training in the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard will be required for almost all Healthcare Workers.

The prevention of workplace violence has emerged as an important safety issue in and around hospitals and healthcare. This lesson deals with the basics of workplace violence awareness and mitigation. 

Common causes of burns and cuts at work and how to avoid and treat them.

Hazards associated with the use of carbonless paper, mitigations and alternatives.


Training Time


Two Quizzes

OSHA Information and Disclaimer

  • Keep floors clean and dry [29 CFR 1910.22(a)(2)]. In addition to being a slip hazard, continually wet surfaces promote the growth of mold, fungi, and bacteria that can cause infections.
  • Provide warning signs for wet floor areas [29 CFR 1910.145(c)(2)].
  • Keep access to exits clear and unobstructed at all times [29 CFR 1910.37(a)(3) – Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, and Fire Prevention Plans].
  • Ensure that all electrical service near sources of water is properly grounded [ 29 CFR 1910.304(g)(6)(vi).]
  • Keep floors clean and dry [29 CFR 1910.22(a)(2)].
  • Provide warning signs for wet floor areas [29 CFR 1910.145(c)(2)].
  • Where wet processes are used, maintain drainage and provide false floors, platforms, mats, or other dry standing places where practicable, or provide appropriate waterproof footgear [29 CFR 1910.141(a)(3)(ii)].
  • The Walking/Working Surfaces Standard requires keeping all places of employment clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition [29 CFR 1910.22(a)(1)].
  • Keep aisles and passageways clear and in good repair, with no obstruction across or in aisles that could create a hazard [29 CFR 1910.22(a)]. Provide floor plugs for equipment, so power cords need not run across pathways.
  • Keep exits free from obstruction. Access to exits must remain clear of obstructions at all times [29 CFR 1910.36(b)(4)].
  • mployers are required to identify employees who have occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) [29 CFR 1910.1030(b)]. Hospitals must implement a written Exposure Control Plan (ECP) designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to blood or OPIM [29 CFR 1910.1030(c)(1)].

    Exposure Control Plan requirements:

    • Document an annual review and update of the written plan. The review process should evaluate new technology for safer medical devices that reduce or eliminate an employee’s exposure [29 CFR 1910.1030(c)(1)(iv)(A)]. Hospitals, as an employer, must also document their consideration and implementation of the safer medical devices annually [29 CFR 1910.1030(c)(1)(iv)(B)].
    • Hospitals are also required to get input for the safer medical devices from those directly responsible for patient care [29 CFR 1910.1030(c)(1)(v)]. The input provide by these employees must also be documented.
    • Employers are required to ensure the written ECP is accessible to all employees [29 CFR 1910.1030(c)(1)(iii)].

    Employers should ensure employees with occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens receive appropriate training, at no cost to employee and during working hours [29 CFR 1910.1030(g)(2)(i), 29 CFR 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)].

  • Employers must assess tasks to identify potential worksite hazards and provide and ensure that employees use appropriate personal protective equipment [29 CFR 1910.132].
  • Employers shall require employees to use appropriate hand protection when hands are exposed to hazards such as cuts or lacerations and thermal burns. Examples of PPE which may be selected include using oven mitts when handling hot items, and steel mesh or Kevlar gloves when handling or sorting sharp instruments [29 CFR 1910.138(a)].



Accessibility Options
Scroll to Top