Tuberculosis Awareness for Health Care Workers

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Author: Aileen Hyde, MS, MT(ASCP)
Reviewer: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)

OSHA Tuberculosis covers background information about spread of TB, PPD testing procedures, CDC guidelines, and methods of control. Appropriate for annual laboratory compliance training and for clinical laboratory science students prior to clinical rotations.

Continuing Education Credits


  • Explain how tuberculosis (TB) is spread.
  • Describe symptoms that are associated with TB.
  • Describe TB testing procedures.
  • Relate specific guidelines and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) risk categories.
  • Identify methods of TB control.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
      • Introduction
  • Facts
      • Tuberculosis Infection
      • Symptoms
      • How Tuberculosis is Spread
      • Infection Control
      • High-Risk Infection Groups
      • High-Risk Progression Groups
      • Rapid Diagnosis of TB
      • Vaccine for Tuberculosis
      • The descriptions listed below all relate to tuberculosis (TB). Match each of the descriptions with the item in the drop-down box that it describes.
  • Testing
      • Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) Detection Methods
      • Tuberculin Skin Test (TST)
      • TST Interpretation and Classification
      • TST False-Negative Reactions
      • Two-Step Skin Testing
      • Screening Newly-Hired Health Care Employees for Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI)
      • The two current methods for detecting latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) are tuberculin skin test (TST) and blood tests known as interferon-gamma re...
  • CDC Guidelines
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Risk Categories
      • Tuberculosis Control Plan
      • Tuberculosis Control Plan, continued
      • Health Care Worker (HCW) Tuberculosis Screening
      • Match the recommended frequency for TB screening of a health care worker with the risk category of the health care setting from the drop-down box:
  • Methods of Control
      • Fundamentals of TB Infection Control
      • TB Infection Control in the Laboratory
      • Biosafety Levels
      • Biosafety Level Criteria and Requirements for Handling Specimens Suspected of Containing Mycobacterium tuberculosis
      • CDC Recommendations for Containment to Prevent Laboratory Exposure to Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
      • BSL-2 Enhanced
      • If the laboratory is propagating and manipulating cultures for M. tuberculosis, what biosafety level (BSL) practices, containment equipment, and facil...
      • Respiratory Protective Equipment
      • Proper Use of an N95 Respirator
      • Airborne Infection Isolation Room Practices
      • Transporting TB Patients
      • Protect Yourself
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of Instruction: Basic.

Intended Audience: All clinical laboratory personnel.

Author information: Aileen Hyde, MS, MT(ASCP) is a free-lance science writer in the Atlanta, GA area. She has a particular interest in prevention of infectious disease after working in research and quality management positions in the biotechnology industry. She has a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee and a master's degree in Physiology from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California.
Reviewer Information: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP) has over 40 years of experience in the medical laboratory profession as a technologist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. She was an Inspection and Technical Specialist for nine years with the College of American Pathologists in the Laboratory Accreditation Program and, until her retirement in 2015, was Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. Barbara holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.

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Diverse group of lab techs (male/female, white/African-American, older/younger)
N95 respirator
Administering tuberculosis skin test
Cartoon image: TB Tuberculosis symptoms