We now move into the realms of biological agents. We again have the usual scene setting items explaining what biological agents are. The section on assessment and control has now adopted the better organisation of the international diploma. This is the distinction between deliberate work and opportunistic work. The risk factors are much more comprehensive. The list of zoonoses (those passed on from animals) has been augmented with malaria. That may sound odd, but for international companies, you nearly always encounter it. Hepatitis is now clarified by reference to the B, C and D types. I notice too, in the international diploma equivalent, we have lost snakebite.
I notice though that “treatment and control” considerations for these specific biological agents has been removed – this might be accidental omission. The excessive detail that used to be there on control measures has now gone. There’s a simple sentence referencing the hierarchy of control. That certainly squares with the reduced teaching hours now allocated but does leave you a bit in the dark as precisely what they mean and how much detail to go into. Previously there used to be endless detail (at least implied) about containment level approaches. In fact it’s still there in the International diploma.
Next week is noise and vibration.