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Biological Hazards Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of Biological Hazards Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Biological Hazards certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Biological Hazards Training Course?

Our Biological Hazards safety training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. This training contains sections on microorganisms, fungi, plants, insects, animals, and more.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1.5 – 2 hours.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Biological Hazards Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subsection J – General Environmental Controls
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subsection Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 – Fit Testing Procedures
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.141 – Sanitation
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.151 – Medical and First Aid
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-Z94.4-18 – Selection, use, and care for respirators
  • CAN/CSA-Z1210-17 – First aid training for the workplace
  • CAN/CSA-Z1220-17 – First aid kits for the workplace
  • ANSI/PSAI Z4.1-2016 – Sanitation in places of employment
  • WHMIS G5.1.1 – Designation of biological agents as hazardous substances

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Biological Hazards Safety Training?

    In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who works with electricity must receive training prior to working on their own. OSHA requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, OSHA’s standard in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment.

    A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Biological Hazards

    Did You Know?

    Each year, Norovirus causes around 400,00 emergency department visits; 60,000 hospitalizations; and 800 deaths. (Source: NFID)

    Within the U.S. and Canada, 85% of the population is allergic to poison ivy, oak, and sumac. (Source: Johns Hopkins)

    One in three cases of Hantavirus result in death. (Source: CDC)


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is a biological health hazard?

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    A biological hazard is any organic substance (including bacteria) that can cause harm to humans or other living organisms. Examples of biological hazards are mold, insect stings, and animal droppings.

    What are the five biological hazards?

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    Microorganisms, fungi, plants, insects, and animals.

    How do biological hazards enter the body?

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    There are three main routes of entry: absorption, ingestion, and inhalation. Absorption refers to biological matter entering the body through either the eyes or skin. You can ingest biological matter by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your mouth, or by eating a contaminated food item. To inhale biologicals hazards, you would typically stand near an infected person who is coughing or sneezing.

    How do you prevent biological hazards?

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    The best way to defend against biological hazards is to be aware of them. If you recognize the common risk factors of biological hazards (such as leaky pipes leading to mold) you will be able to prevent biological hazards from interfering with your daily work routine.

    Are biological hazards serious?

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    Some biological hazards can be very serious, even life-threatening. For example, COVID-19 was a biological hazard that spread through the world through inhalation.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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    Biological Hazards Safety Training Course

    The Hard Hat Training Series is happy to announce an exciting new course: Biological Hazards Safety Training. Biological hazards include any microorganisms, fungi, plants, insects, and animals that could potentially harm humans. While the buzzing insect near your ear may not seem as dangerous as the chainsaw in your hand, biological hazards have the same potential to cause serious harm or even death.

    Biological hazards can be broken down into two main categories: indoor and outdoor threats. Regardless of where they’re located, it’s important to recognize their dangers.

    Indoor Hazards:

    Outdoor Hazards: