U.S. Department of Transportation: Hazardous Materials Regulation


This on-line course is open to DMU faculty, staff, and students only. The course will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Participants will be required to pass a post-assessment with 80% and complete an evaluation.

Educational Need

Des Moines University (DMU) is dedicated to the promotion of health and safety in the workplace. Our clinicians and clinic staff share the responsibility for ensuring a safe, secure, and healthy environment. They are expected to: 

  • Follow safe workplace practices, including participation in applicable education sessions;
  • Promptly report accidents, injuries, and other safety concerns;
  • Know responsibilities related to the DMU's emergency response procedures;
  • Protect the environment, including following procedures relating to hazardous waste and other potentially harmful agents, materials, or conditions.

DMU clinic administration and the Department of Transportation (DOT) require anyone who prepares hazardous waste for transport have training every three years. This activity satisificies this required training. 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how the DOT regulations relate to the disposal of regulated medical waste.
  • Recognize the types of waste that are considered regulated medical waste, sharps and non-medical waste.
  • Properly dispose of hazardous waste materials
  • Explain packing requirements related to Des Moines University policies and procedures.

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Date of original release: October 24, 2015
Most recent review/update: October 24, 2015
Termination date: December 31, 2017

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 0.25 CE Contact Hour(s)
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 

    Behrends, Vickie-39584

    Vickie Behrends, MS
    Health and Safety Manager, Des Moines University

    Ms. Behrends has been with DMU since 1985 and has served as the Health and Safety Manager since 1997. Many of her responsibilities involve research compliance such as biosafety, radiation and chemical safety. She is also involved in emergency management, occupational health and waste management.

    Relevant to the content of this continuing education activity, Ms. Behrends has no conflict of interests with commercial interests to disclose.

    Continuing Education Credit

    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

    Educational Grants

    No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


    Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.


    The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 0.25 CE Contact Hour(s)


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