In the transportation, hazardous materials and medical waste fields, specialized training is needed to handle, transport and treat potential hazardous materials. Employees must be equipped with the knowledge of how to handle all potential scenarios when dealing such materials. Waste Stream Solutions Employees are all trained to handle such scenarios and materials with certifications in the following:
DOT Awareness- the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires this certification to provide general awareness training for transportation of hazardous materials, topics required by 49 CFR 172.704.
Hazwoper – Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response- required by OSHA to meet requirements that responders must meet in order to attend to emergency response needs. Waste Stream Solutions Employees are trained in a 40hr course and must complete an 8hr refresher course annually.
HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act- As of 1996, was inacted in short to help protect the privacy and security of patients information. Waste Stream Solutions provides value added services to our clients by offering Secure Document Destruction. Our staff has met the training requirements as required by the HIPAA Privacy Laws
Hipaa standards are a set of guidelines that were drawn up to provide a set of standards for how medical records are destroyed after they leave an office. Not adhering to these standards for medical record and document destruction can result in civil, as well as criminal penalties for any medical professional who is found to be in violation.
When a medical office selects a hippa certified document destruction service, they will receive a written document stating that they have done so from the shredding service. Also, each time that their documents are picked up and shredded they will receive a dated receipt for the pick up.
A hipaa certified document destruction service will always provide a secure locked storage bin for the office to keep their discarded documents in while they are waiting to be picked up. One other aspect of hipaa certified shredding is that it is done in a cross cut fashion which makes the shredded documents impossible to put back together.
OSHA - The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the US Dept of Labor was established with purpose of assuring that every employer had the responsibility of providing to its’ employees, a safe and healthy working environment. OSHA’s mission statement is, “to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America’s workers. Waste Stream Solutions employees are all trained on these principles to ensure their own safety and health in their own work environment while always being aware of the environments of our clients. WSS employees will report to the WSS compliance officer if they notice any potential violations, in turn, the compliance officer will notify our clients. All in an effort to keep our customers safe, health and happy…and in compliance.