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Regulated medical waste was first monitored on the federal level by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today, however, the handling of regulated medical waste is more closely monitored on the state level, with each state enforcing different rules for the management of medical waste.
Who must take this course?
Any healthcare professional that is associated with any Hospital, Healthcare Facility, Laboratory, Research center, Autopsy center, Nursing home for the elderly, or Blood bank that generates medical waste.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.
Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our Handling Medical Waste Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
This course is designed to help you achieve a greater understanding of the types of medical waste that exist in healthcare workplaces, the types of hazards and risks associated with managing medical waste, the proper way to treat and dispose of medical waste, and what to do if an incident occurs with medical waste.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to Handling Medical Waste
- Key Terms
- Handling Medical Waste - Overview
- Handling Medical Waste - History and Background
- Handling Medical Waste - Generators
- Statistics for Handling Medical Waste in the Healthcare Industry
- Applicable Regulations for Handling Medical Waste
- Medical Waste Hazards
- Health Risks Associated with Handling Medical Waste
- Radioactive Waste
- Needlestick Injuries
- Poisoning and Pollution
- Managing Medical Waste
- Thermal Treatment
- Chemical Treatment
- Universal Precautions and Work Practice Controls
- General Clean-Up Guidelines
- Procedural Controls
- Exposure Control Plan
- Engineering Controls
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Additional Resources
According to RCRA, a small quantity generator must ensure that all employees are familiar with the proper waste handling and emergency procedures relevant to their responsibilities. A large quantity generator must have a formal personnel training program in place which requires initial training and an annual review. Some states have additional training requirements. It is important to check for local and state level regulations.
Other related Compliance Training Online® courses (see our complete list of courses) include:
- OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
- OSHA Electrical Safety
- Workplace First Aid
- Healthcare GHS Hazard Communication
- OSHA GHS Hazard Communication (Right to Know)
- HIPAA Privacy & Security Training
- OSHA Laser Safety
- Medical Laser Safety Officer
- OSHA Dental & Medical Office Hazards
- OSHA Office Ergonomics
- Healthcare Workers Personal Protective Equipment
- RCRA Training