Safe Handling Basics



The Safe Handling Basics course is an introductory course that discusses hazardous drugs and how to handle them safely. It covers risks of exposure, controls used to prevent exposure (including appropriate use of PPE), spill cleanup, and appropriate waste disposal. All nurses and other staff who work in areas where hazardous drugs are handled or administered will benefit from this course. The course content is aligned with recommendations from ONS, NIOSH, USP and other national organizations.

Free for ONS members, this course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. 

You will enjoy access for 180 days from date of purchase, after which you will no longer be able to access the course.


Course Topics

  • Hazardous Drugs
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Safety Precautions
  • Routine Cleaning
  • Spill Management
  • Waste Disposal
  • Acute Exposure

Expected Outcomes

Learners will report an increased knowledge of safe handling of hazardous drugs with an intent to incorporate hazardous drug safe handling practices

Target Audience

The target audience is nurses and other staff who work in areas where hazardous drugs are handled or administered.

ILNA Breakdown

Candidates may claim 1 NCPD or ILNA points in any area of their choosing on the following blueprint areas: Professional Development, Treatment.

Candidates will not be able to place the 1 ILNA points under both categories as the number of points claimed cannot exceed the total NCPD points for the offering.

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