Lesson 1 - Using Chemicals Safely


OSHA Haz Com standard; MSDSs; Chemical hazards; Exposure routes; Controlling chemical hazards; Detecting exposure

Learning Objectives:
– Identify the goals of the Hazard Communication Standard and the agency responsible for writing and enforcing the standard.
– Explain the purpose and basic content of an MSDS.
– Give examples of the health hazard information contained in MSDSs and how it is used.
– Give examples of the physical hazard information contained in MSDSs and how it is used.
– Describe typical MSDS instructions on special precautions and procedures.
– Define chemical hazard and name the two categories into which they are divided.
– Name and describe the six kinds of health hazards.
– Name the three basic routes of health hazard exposure.
– Discuss common methods of controlling chemical hazards.
– Explain how to detect exposure hazards and symptoms.

Lesson 2 - Introduction to Cleaning Chemicals


Cleaning chemicals, agents; Disinfectants; Selecting a product; Correct product use

Learning Objectives:
– List the three kinds of cleaning chemicals.
– Explain the advantages and disadvantages of soaps.
– Compare and contrast soaps and detergents.
– Tell what protective equipment is required when working with solvents.
– Explain how solvent and abrasive cleaners work.
– Describe the purpose of a disinfectant.
– List the important factors to consider when selecting a cleaning product.
– Tell where to find information about correct product usage.

Lesson 3 - Cleaning Agents


Physical and chemical characteristics of cleaning agents; General-purpose cleaners; Strippers; Degreasers; Shampoos; Product selection

Learning Objectives:
– Name the chemicals in cleaning agents that dissolve grease and oil.
– Name and describe the four most important detergency processes.
– Define penetration, suspension, and viscosity as characteristics of cleaning agents.
– Tell how cationic soaps and detergents differ from anionic soaps and detergents.
– Name an advantage and a disadvantage of a multi-duty cleaners.
– Tell why wetting agents are used in degreasers.

Lesson 4 - Disinfectants


Microorganisms; Controlling germs; Disinfectants; Product information; Preparing products for use; Cleaning and disinfecting

Learning Objectives:
– Define the term pathogenic.
– List four kinds of microorganisms capable of causing disease.
– Explain the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.
– List three factors that make killing germs a difficult task.
– Define the terms sanitization, disinfection, and sterilization.
– State an advantage and a disadvantage for each of the main kinds of disinfectant.
– Explain why it is important to follow product dilution information carefully.

Lesson 5 - Special-Purpose Cleaning Chemicals


Bowl cleaner; Glass cleaner; Absorbents; Dust control chemicals; Furniture and metal polish; Hand soaps; Drain cleaners; Deodorants

Learning Objectives:
– Explain why it is necessary to use an acid bowl cleaner on toilets and urinals.
– List the characteristics of a good glass cleaner.
– Explain the purpose of absorbents.
– Explain where and why dust control chemicals are used.
– Give three reasons for using furniture polish on unsealed wood.
– List the properties of a good hand cleaner.
–  Describe the necessary precautions to take when using drain cleaners.
– Name the three common forms of room deodorant.