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The page below is a sample from the LabCE course Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and Clinical Laboratory Safety in the United States. Access the complete course and earn ASCLS P.A.C.E.-approved continuing education credits by subscribing online.

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Waste Handling: Disposal, Handling, and Transport

The Department of Transportation (DOT) classifies EVD as a class A infectious substance. Potentially contaminated laboratory waste must always be properly disposed, sealed, and transported. If waste items are contaminated with or suspected of contamination with Ebola virus, the waste must be in a manner that complies with the DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), 49 CFR, Parts 171-180.
Laboratory waste includes all items used during the handling or testing of specimens, including items such as used PPE and all materials used to clean spills. Each laboratory must comply with all local, state, and federal waste regulations. Laboratories can contact their state's medical waste program for guidance on the proper procedures.
Additional information and resources regarding Ebola-associated waste management is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/medical-waste-management.html. Accessed December 6, 2018.