Safety Diploma Course

Hazardous Medical Waste Handling Training Course

Healthcare facilities generate medical waste. This waste poses a threat to healthcare workers. To protect healthcare workers, proper procedures must be in place for the safe handling of the waste. Recognizing how medical waste is generated, disposed of, and decontaminated helps healthcare workers better understand how to safely handle medical waste.

Governing regulations

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.

Course Overview

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.

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.

Course Format

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

Upon successful completion each student will receive Hard copy of completion certificate and can print a wallet card

Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) for completing this course.

Topics Covered

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