Eduwhere has recently created a new online course: Shipping Regulated Medical Waste. This course is designed to meet the training requirements set out in 49 CFR 172.700 Subpart H for shipping hazardous materials by ground, with a specific focus on shipping regulated medical waste. It covers such topics as identifying and classifying hazardous materials, preparing shipping documents, and selecting proper packaging, marks, and labels. Anyone who handles biohazardous materials during any part of the shipping process, including loading and unloading, marking and labeling packages, preparing containers for shipment, preparing shipping papers and signing manifests, or otherwise being responsible for safety during transport is required by the DOT to have hazardous materials training.
Regulated medical waste, or RMW, is considered to be a hazardous material by the DOT. It is also known as clinical waste or bio medical waste, and is defined as “a waste or reusable material derived from the medical treatment of an animal or human, which includes diagnosis and immunization, or from biomedical research, which includes the production and testing of biological byproducts.” These can include blood bags or items saturated with blood or other bodily fluids, IV bags, contaminated sharps, and culture dishes that were used to hold infectious agents, among other things. These items are often collected in a red biohazard bag (red bag waste). Medical waste that contains a Category A infectious substance, however, is classified as an infectious substance and must be shipped as such. If this definition sounds like what you ship, our new Shipping Regulated Medical Waste course may be appropriate training for you.
“a waste or reusable material derived from the medical treatment of an animal or human, which includes diagnosis and immunization, or from biomedical research, which includes the production and testing of biological byproducts.”Medical or Clinical Waste, DOT
Shipping Regulated Medical Waste
Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA and DOT)