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October 5, 2021

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Medical Waste Compliance Training

Medical Waste Compliance Training. The handling of medical waste is serious business. Failure to comply with federal and state guidelines in the storage, transportation and processing of medical waste can be harmful to healthcare employees, patients, and the environment. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to receive comprehensive compliance training for anyone who is or will be handling medical waste.

Below we have listed some of the compliance training courses that medical waste handlers will need to take to ensure compliance with all mandates and regulations. It is worth mentioning that annual OSHA training is mandatory for all employees and new employees must be trained within the first 10 days of being hired.

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)    

Disposing of contaminated waste in the wrong trash receptacle can lead to a wide spread of infection. All employees with risk of exposure to medical waste that may contain BBPs are required to take this course. They will learn about proper management of sharps, how to develop a comprehensive exposure control plan, disposal of RMW and more.

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

Your responsibility for your medical waste does not stop once it leaves your building. You must make sure that the medical waste service providers you work with are properly insured, permitted, and licensed. This DOT course will provide coverage of the necessary rules that apply to transporters to decrease your medical facility’s risk.

Waste Handling and Classification Regulations

State and federal guidelines must always be strictly followed to maintain compliance. But this can be easier said than done as regulations can change frequently and quickly. Your facility’s compliance point person or anyone with exposure to RMW should take this course to learn proper medical waste plan preparation, packaging, and labeling.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

HIPAA can be confusing, so it is important that anyone on your staff that comes into contact with protected health information take this course, where they will learn how to design, implement, and administer a compliance program.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing the proper personal protective equipment helps employees minimize exposure to hazardous waste that may cause serious illness or injury. This training, which is required by OSHA, covers the various types of PPE and how they are meant to be used to prevent exposure. This course should be taken by anyone with exposure to potentially infectious diseases, as well as any healthcare worker within your organization that comes in direct contact with patients.

Radiation Orientation

If not properly controlled, ionizing radiation can pose a serious risk to healthcare workers. This course covers regulations and safety requirements for imaging standards for ionizing radiation, radioactive materials, and the use of X-Ray equipment. If your facility uses radiation, all employees must understand the proper protection standards.

Pharmaceutical Waste Identification, Segregation and Disposal

To meet state and federal regulations, your facility or practice’s pharmaceutical waste must be disposed of properly. This waste includes drugs that are expired, unused or contaminated. This course, which covers the RCRA, classification of pharmaceuticals and more, should be taken by any pharmacy personnel or anyone signing a hazardous waste manifest.

If you have any questions about medical waste training, get in touch with us. We give healthcare organizations peace of mind by helping them remain compliant.

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