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Control measure

Manage risk from biological hazards

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Managing risks from biological hazards

Understand:

  • The hazards and risks associated with biological substances
  • The routes of exposure by which a biohazard can enter the human body
  • Environments where biohazards may be prevalent
  • Methods to minimise the risks associated with biohazards

Refer to Hazardous Materials – Health Hazards training specification

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Identify, control and report situations involving risks associated with biological hazards

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify where biological hazards may present a risk to personnel or public
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment when working in an environment where biological hazards may present a risk to staff
  • Request assistance from expert advisers using agreed service protocols
  • Identify where low risk of biological hazards does not require the attendance of expert adviser
  • Use appropriate control measures to limit exposure or reduce the risk from biological hazards
  • Communicate and maintain control measures for the duration of incident
  • Complete the agreed service recording for incidents involving biological hazards
  • Use service agreed hygiene control measures to reduce the risk from biological hazards
  • Identify biological incidents which may require handing over to other agency
  • Identify where decontamination is required
  • Perform decontamination in accordance to service protocols and the appropriate hazard type
  • Identify where open wounds or other physical injury may increase the risk from biological hazards
  • Use appropriate control measures to open wounds or other physical injury to reduce the risk of biological hazards at incidents

Refer to National Operational Guidance – Hazardous materials training specification