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Handling Medical Hazardous Waste

Medical Hazardous Waste Containers

Online Training Certification Course

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The healthcare industry creates an enormous volume of medical waste. This waste frequently contains hazardous biological material, such as bloodborne pathogens. Other dangers may include sharp objects, toxic chemicals, and even low-level radiation.

This online training course explains the basis and procedures for medical hazardous waste handling.

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The following regulatory agencies all address medical waste handling:

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates employment hazards related to hazardous waste safety.
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is invested in preventing the spread of disease.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulates situations in which toxic chemicals and other pollutants could be released into the environment. The EPA has regulatory oversight over hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWI).
  • The Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) assign healthcare employers the responsibility for properly packaging hazardous materials.

Who must take this training?
Many employees of hospitals, medical clinics, veterinary clinics, mortuaries, medical laboratories, blood banks, and other such facilities are regularly exposed to OSHA hazardous waste. All such personnel should receive biohazard training or other appropriate hazardous waste training.

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Click to Learn More What are the consequences of not training?

Case Study: In 1993 a study investigated medical waste practices used by 225 hospitals in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Hospitals were provided a definition of medical waste in the survey, but were asked how they define infectious waste. The question revealed confusion about what qualified as infectious waste versus medical waste, which may explain why almost half of the hospitals surveyed were not segregating general medical waste from infectious waste. The most frequently used practice of treating and disposing of medical waste was the use of private haulers to transport medical waste to treatment facilities. The next most frequently reported techniques were pouring into municipal sewage, depositing in landfills, and autoclaving. Other methods adopted by hospitals included Electro-Thermal-Deactivation (ETD), hydropulping, microwaving, and grinding before pouring into the municipal sewer. Hospitals in Oregon and Washington used microwaving and ETD methods to treat medical waste, while those in Idaho did not. Most hospitals in Oregon and Washington no longer operated their incinerators due to stricter regulations regarding air pollution emissions. Hospitals in Idaho, however, were still operating incinerators because there were no specific state regulations for these types of facilities. The study showed there was no consensus about which agency or organization's definition of infectious waste should be used in a waste management program.

Key Takeaway: To reduce the risks associated with managing medical waste it is critical for healthcare facilities to establish a clear definition for infectious waste and a clear waste management program.

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Click to Learn More Course topics.

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
    • Responsibilities
    • Applicable Regulations for Handling Medical Waste
  • Medical Waste Hazards
    • Health Risks Associated with Handling Medical Waste
    • Microorganisms
    • Radioactive Waste
    • Needlestick Injuries
    • Poisoning and Pollution
  • Managing Medical Waste
    • Disposal
    • Transporting
    • Storage
    • Treatment
    • Incineration
    • Thermal Treatment
    • Chemical Treatment
    • Universal Precautions and Work Practice Controls
    • General Clean-Up Guidelines
    • Decontamination
  • Controls
    • Procedural Controls
    • Exposure Control Plan
    • Engineering Controls
    • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Training
  • Additional Resources
  • Summary
  • Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our Handling Medical Waste Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

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.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

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.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

The RCRA requires facilities that produce small amounts of medical waste to be familiar with appropriate handling and emergency procedures. Facilities that produce large quantities of medical waste must establish formal waste training programs. This online certification program meets both standards.

Additionally, OSHA's bloodborne pathogen regulations require annual recertification for employees who handle, label, store, or transport affected medical waste.

Finally, there are numerous state and local regulations that carry their own safety training schedules and requirements.

Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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