Infectious Disease Control for Funeral Professionals


About the course
Professionals in the funeral industry must have knowledge concerning different types of infectious disease, their modes of transmission, and the virulence that make them dangerous and difficult to contain. This basic-level course provides specific references for downloading guidelines and training resources from the CDC, OSHA, and the WHO and includes information on infectious diseases that rise to the level of serious public health concern.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe five CDC universal precautions for infection prevention and control for airborne, droplet, and contact transmission of pathogens.
  • List five steps for personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance from the CDC guidelines for infection prevention and control procedures in the funeral home setting.
  • Explain how pathogenic organisms may be spread in funeral home settings and identify factors that influence exposure and transmission.
  • Identify five types of infectious disease that require the use of barriers, personal protective equipment, and control strategies to protect personnel from pathogens according to CDC and WHO guidelines.
  • Define epidemiologically important organisms and discuss four types, including modes of transmission.
  • List and discuss OSHA guidelines and strategies, including cleaning, sterilization, chemical disinfection, and barriers to protect personnel and the public from infectious diseases.
  • Describe CDC guidelines for barriers, protective equipment, and control procedures for personnel to prevent exposure to infectious material during the embalming process.
  • Define CDC and OSHA guidelines for handling, cleaning, disinfection, sterilization, and waste disposal procedures during postmortem procedures to prevent disease transmission.
  • Discuss the professional funeral director and embalmer’s responsibility for maintaining a safe environment for personnel, the public, and the environment.
  • Identify strategies and procedures for preventing transmission and controlling Ebola and HIV/AIDS virus during all postmortem procedures.
  • Select five myths concerning infectious disease contamination from embalming and burial and discuss facts from PAHO and WHO research studies that dispel them.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
©2023: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.

Colibri Healthcare, LLC is approved by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) (Provider #1046). APFSP also approves all funeral courses. Many states accept APFSP approved courses.