Q&A: DOT Regulated Medical Waste Training

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As someone who oversees the disposal of regulated medical waste, you’re familiar with the acronyms of a host of regulatory agencies, including the EPA, OSHA and ADEQ. But there’s one more acronym that often gets forgotten when it comes to regulated medical waste compliance: the U.S. Department of Transportation, or DOT.

The DOT regulates the transportation of nine classes of hazardous materials, including regulated medical waste, and it’s your organization’s responsibility to be in compliance with the department’s regulations, even if you aren’t the ones transporting it. That means completing DOT training. Here we answer common questions about this training, including how often it’s needed.

What is it?

DOT regulated medical waste training teaches employees how to segregate, package and properly prepare regulated medical waste for transportation and disposal. The training ends in an exam that employees must pass in order for the organization to maintain compliance.

Who is it for?

DOT training is required for any employee who has any part in preparing regulated medical waste for shipment, whether that be packaging, labeling or signing the manifest prior to transportation.

When is it required?

DOT regulations require new employees to complete the training within 90 days of employment. Employees must also repeat the training every three years. It is the sole responsibility of the employer to ensure employees complete and maintain certification in a timely manner.

Why should I do it?

DOT training outlines how regulated medical waste must be segregated, packaged and labeled to protect the environment and the public from hazardous waste. It is a requirement, just as trainings mandated by HIPAA and OSHA. Not completing the training or failing to recertify every three years opens your organization up to audit and significant penalties. DOT training also may be a necessary step when applying for accreditation from medical associations, such as the Joint Commission or the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

How can I get the training?

US Bio-Clean offers a suite of compliance training, which includes DOT training.

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