Infectious Diseases – Update Available

Individuals whose work involves a risk of exposure to infectious diseases


Expected Duration
60 minutes

Have you ever come in to work sick? The notion of spreading germs may not have crossed your mind. But some infectious diseases can spread very rapidly in the workplace among coworkers, clients, or patients, and also beyond the workplace to the general public, including family members. Infectious diseases can have serious health consequences. This course is intended to help workers develop awareness about specific infectious diseases caused by viruses and bacteria to help prevent contracting and spreading them. Measles, norovirus, Ebola, and smallpox are the diseases caused by viruses that will be explored. The bacterial infections covered are meningococcal disease, Legionnaires’ disease, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and anthrax. Company policy may also provide guidance on infectious diseases and should be consulted where it exists.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology.



  • identify who is at highest risk for contracting measles
  • recognize how measles is spread
  • recognize the most common symptoms of norovirus
  • identify ways to avoid or prevent the spread of norovirus
  • identify who is at risk of contracting Ebola
  • recognize the progression of Ebola symptoms
  • identify ways smallpox can be spread from one person to another
  • identify when a person with smallpox is contagious
  • recognize symptoms of an infectious disease caused by a virus

Bacterial Infections

  • identify who is at increased risk of contracting meningococcal disease
  • distinguish the symptoms of meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal septicemia
  • identify potential sources of exposure to Legionella bacteria
  • identify symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease
  • identify who is at increased risk of MRSA infection
  • recognize symptoms of MRSA
  • recognize how anthrax spores can enter the body
  • recognize symptoms of different types of anthrax
  • recognize symptoms of a bacterial disease





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