Course 151 - Biological Health Hazards in Construction

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Modules: 2
Hours: 1
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 151 Biological Health Hazards in Construction

Key Topics

  • Exposure to Molds
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Infectious Animals & Insects
  • Tick-borne Diseases
  • Venomous Snakes & Insects

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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Construction workers are exposed to a variety of health hazards every day. These men and women have the potential for becoming sick, ill, and disabled for life.

This course discusses the biological health hazards construction workers may find, such as exposure to mold, poisonous plants, and infected animals. We'll also take a closer look at ways to protect yourself from these hazards on a construction site.

Biological agents include bacteria, viruses, fungi (mold), other microorganisms, and their associated toxins. They can adversely affect human health in a variety of ways, ranging from relatively mild allergic reactions to serious medical conditions, even death.

These organisms are widespread in the natural environment; they are found in air, water, soil, plants, and animals. Because many microbes reproduce rapidly and require minimal resources for survival, they are a potential danger in a wide variety of occupational settings.

Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1 - Biological Risk Factors

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss the risk factors of exposure to biological hazards in construction.
  • Describe the ways workers can be exposed to biological hazards in construction.
  • Describe the hazards, controls, and preventive measures related to fungi (mold) hazards.
  • Discuss the risk factors of exposure to poisonous plants while working in construction.

Module 2 - Infectious Animals and Insects

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss the hazards, controls, and preventive measures related to exposure to infectious animals and insects.
  • Describe the various tick-borne diseases and their symptoms.
  • Discuss the hazards of Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus and symptoms of exposure.
  • Describe the hazards, controls, and preventive measures of exposure to venomous snakes and insects.

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Course 151 Final Exam

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