Online DOT Shipping Regulated Medical Waste Training (HM-181)

Shipping Regulated Medical Waste

This DOT Shipping Regulated Medical Waste Training covers the fundamentals of shipping regulated medical waste by ground. Our 10-step approach encompasses the activities which must be addressed when preparing regulated medical waste for shipment. Participants will learn how to classify hazardous materials, select proper packaging, mark and label containers, and prepare required shipping documents, all in accordance with the U.S. DOT regulations. New requirements enacted over the past year are highlighted throughout the course.

The U.S. DOT requires training for anyone who handles hazardous materials including individuals who ship or receive hazardous materials, prepare hazardous materials for transportation, mark and label containers, complete shipping documents, select packaging and load or unload hazardous materials.

This course is designed to meet the training requirements as specified in 49 CFR 172.700 Subpart H, which specify that employees must be trained at least once every three years. At the completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate which includes the participants name, completion date, and copy of the test scores. The certificate includes the name and address of the trainer as required for recordkeeping.

This course is based on the requirements for training as specified in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H, including testing of participants. This training is also referred to as HM-181 training, Subpart H training, and hazmat training. While this course is meant to satisfy DOT's general training requirements, it does not go into detail on the shipping of radioactive materials.

Shipping Regulated Medical Waste Training Course Details

Eduwhere’s DOT Shipping Regulated Medical Waste Training course prepares medical hazmat personnel to safely prepare, transport, and unload medical hazmat. This course satisfies the DOT’s safety requirements for the ground transportation of medical hazmat as elaborated in the US DOT Hazardous Material Regulations. Providing security awareness, general awareness, and function-specific training, this course will prepare attendees to safely and correctly classify medical hazmat, mark and label packaging, package medical hazmat, and complete documentation for medical waste shipments.

Course Fee
$180.00 USD


  • Instant Access, Online, On-Demand
  • Certificate, Wallet Card, Scoresheet
  • Accepted by: DOT

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Excellent overview of regulatory provisions/requirements to consider during shipments of regulated medical waste.
—Dale P.


  • General awareness and familiarization
  • Identification of hazardous materials, including regulated medical waste
  • Packaging operations
  • Marking and labeling
  • Shipping papers
  • Placarding
  • Security Awareness & Plan
  • Federal Register update

Who Should Take Eduwhere’s Shipping Regulated Medical Waste Training?

Hazardous materials (hazmat) training now applies to any individual who:

  • Ships regulated medical waste by ground;
  • Loads, unloads, or handles regulated medical waste;
  • Marks, labels, or otherwise prepares containers, drums, or packagings for transportation of regulated medical waste;
  • Prepares regulated medical waste shipping papers for transportation, including signing manifests;
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting regulated medical waste;

Are You Responsible for Packaging Regulated Medical Waste?

All personnel who play a role in the preparation of medical hazmat ground shipments must complete DOT Shipping Regulated Medical Waste Training. This includes employees at medical centers, hospitals, medical clinics, research facilities, and any other business that has sharps containers on site. Whether you are involved in packaging, marking, filling out shipping paperwork, or supervising team members performing these activities, you are required to complete this training to comply with DOT regulations.

Are You Responsible for Shipping or Transporting Regulated Medical Waste?

Medical hazmat must be properly handled, loaded, transported, and unloaded to avoid harming personnel or the surrounding environment during the shipping process. All employees who carry out these activities must complete DOT Shipping Regulated Medical Waste Training to fulfill the safety requirements of the DOT. By taking Eduwhere’s convenient online course, individuals who handle regulated medical waste at any point in the ground shipping process will be fully prepared to carry out their duties safely and with confidence.

Are You Responsible for Supervising the Pre-Transportation Process for Regulated Medical Waste?

Individuals who supervise the preparation of medical hazmat shipments must be fully aware of possible hazards and know how to intervene at all times. Team leaders and others who supervise the completion of hazmat shipping forms, labeling or marking, or packaging must take DOT Shipping Regulated Medical Waste Training. By completing Eduwhere’s online course, supervisors of medical hazmat shipping workflows will have peace of mind in knowing they are prepared to handle any health and safety issues that may arise at any stage of the process.

Industries that Require 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H Training

Ground shipment of medical hazmat is required in a variety of industries. These include, but are not limited to, schools and universities, research facilities, hospitals, medical clinics, and pharmaceutical companies. Although each state may have specific requirements for managing medical waste, all employees of facilities that engage in ground shipping of medical hazmat must complete regulated medical waste training to comply with DOT regulations.

Eduwhere’s course covers not only general awareness and security training but also up-to-the-minute information such as updates to the Federal Register. Personnel in a wide range of industries will benefit from the comprehensive and timely content provided in just four contact hours.

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Upon completion of this online course, participants should be able to:

  • locate and use the Federal hazardous materials regulations as they apply to regulated medical waste;
  • properly label and mark regulated medical waste containers for shipment;
  • complete shipping documentation (including Bill of Lading, shipping papers, and manifests) for regulated medical waste;
  • select proper packaging for regulated medical waste;
  • understand the vehicle placarding requirements;
  • develop appropriate emergency response information to accompany shipments;and
  • understand security awareness and plan requirements.

After learning this key information, enrollees will be able to fulfill their roles related to the shipment of regulated medical waste with confidence and precision.


Linda R. Taylor, PE

Linda is the owner of Taylor Engineering, and a former faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology at NC State University and the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's IES. She has over 30 years of engineering experience working in industry, academia, and environmental consulting, including over 25 years at North Carolina State University. She has provided instruction on a wide range of environmental, health, transportation, and safety topics at conferences and training courses, both live and online, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer and an OSHA authorized instructor.

Ms. Taylor received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Hours

4 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.

Shipping Regulated Medical Waste: HM 181 Training Requirements

Citation: 49 CFR 172.704 (Subpart H)

DOT's training requirements for shipping hazardous materials is located in 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H. In addition to initial training [49 CFR 172.704(c)(1)], DOT requires "recurrent training" every 3 three years.

"A hazmat employee shall receive the training required by this subpart at least once every three years." [49 CFR 172.704(c)(2)]

How Often Does 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H Training Need to Be Updated?

Hazmat employees must complete refresher training every three years, as stated in 49 CFR 172.704(c)(2). This update ensures that personnel who participate in the ground shipping of medical hazmat will have a renewed knowledge of critical health and safety protocol as well as awareness of any updates to DOT guidelines.

Refresher Training Required: Every 3 year(s).

Why Choose Eduwhere for Your Shipping Regulated Medical Waste Training Online Classes?

Accepted by the DOT, Eduwhere’s online Regulated Medical Waste Training course equips you with all the knowledge you need to safely perform all tasks related to medical hazmat ground shipping as required by 49 CFR 172.700 Subpart H.

Your expert instructor is Linda R. Taylor, PE. Drawing from over 30 years of experience in health and safety compliance, including her role as the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's Industry Expansion Solutions, Ms. Taylor is an experienced instructor of comprehensive, up-to-date knowledge of DOT health and safety protocol.

In just four contact hours, you’ll gain general awareness of and learn how to identify regulated medical waste; find out how to package, mark, and label medical hazmat and complete shipping paperwork; and gain valuable information about security procedures and Federal Register updates. After learning this critical information and completing the class, you’ll be granted a certificate, wallet card, and scoresheet for your records.

For twenty-five years, Eduwhere has provided accessible, affordable online education to employees in our nation’s most essential industries. By providing top-tier expert instruction in a convenient format, we make it easy for professionals to attain the training they need to excel in their jobs.

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The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.