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Compliance Training, Anyone Handling Medical Waste Must Take



October 25, 2020



Compliance Training

Any individual in an organization that handles or can be exposed to medical waste is required by law to take compliance training courses as well as updates on the training. The priority of these courses cannot be overemphasized as medical waste can potentially cause illnesses or even death if transmitted as well as possible harm to the community and the environment. Anyone that is involved with medical waste or medical waste disposal process are required to take compliance training. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires that all new employees be trained within ten days of being hired to a facility. There are a number of different training courses for medical waste, and the stipulations for each course is based on the type of job the employee has.

BBP (BloodBorne Pathogens)

Employees that may have a reasonable exposure risk are required to take this course. Course curriculum includes: Sharps management, exposure control plan development, container and labeling requirements for RMW disposal, employee communication of hazards.

HM-181 (D.O.T. Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations

Staff involved as those that will be signing waste management manifests as well as the main compliance person(s) are required to take this course. Of the medical facility by ensuring that the medical waste services provider has the correct permits, insurance, and licenses. The course is designed to reduce the risk Course curriculum includes: information and details associated with liability of transport of medical waste as it is transported to off-site locations.

Fire Prevention and Fire Extinguisher Types

All staff members are required to take this course. OSHA requirements include an employer provided fire prevention plan that is in writing, kept and maintained on the workplace premises, and is available for review by all employees. Those facilities that have ten employees or less may orally communicate their plan. Curriculum includes a complete review of the plan for fire prevention as well as how to identify and take action in potential fire hazards.

Waste Handling and Classification Regulations

The staff member(s) responsible as the contact point for compliance and any employee that may be exposed to RMW is required to take this course. Curriculum include the plan for medical waste preparation, packaging, and labeling.

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

All individuals in a facility that may be privy to PHI (protected health information). Curriculum includes the method to craft, implement, and appropriated administration of a compliance program.

HIPAA, Social Media & Texting Compliance

All individuals in a facility that may be privy to PHI (protected health information) as well as any employees or contractors responsible for social media for the facility. Curriculum includes: review of social media use in the environment of healthcare, possible risks of HIPAA breaches in social media and social media benefits, procedures as they relate to HIPAA compliance as well as risk mitigation, consequences for violation of HIPAA using social media.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

All individuals that have the potential for exposure to infectious diseases, including direct contact with patients, must take the course. Curriculum includes: types and purposes of various PPE, how PPE prevents exposure, how to use/dress and safely remove PPE for secondary contamination prevention.

Radiation Orientation

If a facility uses any form of radiation, all employees must take the course to understand radiation protection. Curriculum includes: Safety and regulation requirements for imaging standards for radioactive materials, ionizing radiation, and X-Ray equipment use.

Pharmaceutical Waste Identification, Segregation and Disposal

Personnel in a pharmacy that is responsible for signing a manifest for hazardous waste. Curriculum includes: Review of RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act), pharmaceutical classifications, requirements for pharmaceutical waste packaging, labeling and manifesting.

HAZCOM (Hazardous Communication and Chemical Safety) GHS Standard

All staff that have the potential for harmful chemical exposure. Curriculum includes: review of the Hazardous Communication Program and measures for protection.

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