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Management of Healthcare Waste eLearning Courses

At Rio Learn, we provide courses and eLearning in the management of healthcare waste. These RCN (Royal College of Nursing) accredited courses are designed to help individuals new to healthcare gain an understanding of healthcare waste management, and offers medical practitioners and care workers the option to refresh their knowledge of healthcare waste management in hospitals and locations where care is provided.

Healthcare waste regulations are constantly being updated in the wake of COVID-19 and to keep up with environmental factors, driven by the most recent net zero objectives laid out by the NHS. These courses aim to keep you aware of all new healthcare waste regulations, and will be continuously updated as further regulations are introduced.

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The need for Proper Waste Disposal in Healthcare

An understanding of proper waste disposal in healthcare and the regulations surrounding it is vital for any medical practitioner, and it is recommended that Care Workers, Nurses, Doctors and Paramedics all learn or brush up on their knowledge of healthcare waste management regularly.

The improper disposal of healthcare waste can lead to the spread of infections and diseases, as well as cause injury, so it is absolutely necessary that it is correctly segregated and managed.


IntrotheHealthcareWaste-iconIntroduction to Healthcare Waste eLearning Course

£35 per learner, not including VAT


The management of healthcare waste is essential to ensure that health and social care activities don’t pose a risk of infection. This RCN-accredited healthcare waste management module is a great introduction for anyone with healthcare waste responsibilities. It helps learners clearly understand how they should be handling, segregating, and storing different healthcare wastes, alongside introducing them to healthcare waste regulations.

Find out more about the Introduction to Healthcare Waste course here.

Learning Outcomes 

By completing this Healthcare Waste introductory course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what constitutes healthcare waste
  • Understand how healthcare waste should be handled, stored, moved and managed.
  • Understand why the safe, responsible and legal management of healthcare waste is so important
  • Understand the basics of ‘sustainable waste management’, and why it should be considered when managing any waste
  • Understand why segregation of different healthcare wastes is important for proper treatment/disposal
  • Utilise the colour code system to correctly separate healthcare waste


*If you are new to Rio, you will be directed to our Rio platform where you will need to complete one form to register before purchasing the course. If you are already an Engage user, you will be directed straight to the shopping cart. For all other users, please contact your System Administrator.



BestPracticeHealthcare-iconBest Practice Management of Healthcare Waste

£55 per learner, not including VAT


Gain the confidence to manage healthcare waste in a safe and compliant manner. For people working in hospitals, dental practices, pharmacies, and veterinary practices, this longer healthcare waste course provides a comprehensive understanding of best-practice healthcare waste management and regulations.

The aim of this course is to provide advice to anyone who meets, or is involved in the management of healthcare waste in England and Wales. 

Find out more about the Best Practice Management of Healthcare Waste course here.

Learning Outcomes

By completing this Management of Healthcare Waste introductory course, you will:

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of best practice healthcare waste management.
  • Be very confident in the legalities around healthcare waste


*If you are new to Rio, you will be directed to our Rio platform where you will need to complete one form to register before purchasing the course. If you are already an Engage user, you will be directed straight to the shopping cart. For all other users, please contact your System Administrator.


Royal College of Nursing Accreditation

The Royal College of Nursing is an organisation of over 465,000 registered nurses, midwives, health care assistants and nursing students. They are the UK’s largest nursing union and professional body, and represent the above at home in the UK, and internationally. They use their collaborative efforts to help campaign on issues and improve the working conditions of their members and other hospital staff.

RCN Accreditation is given to courses that have been rigorously assessed for quality, and must meet the RCN’s standards of excellence. These courses have been proven to meet and promote best practices, with an emphasis on high quality education and improving the care given to patients. 

We’re proud to have our Healthcare Waste Management courses accredited with the Royal College of Nursing to offer the best in personal development for healthcare staff across the UK and Europe.

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If you have any further questions about the Healthcare Waste courses available, get in touch with our team of course supervisors, who can offer guidance.

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Which waste disposal in healthcare course is best for my business?

If you are introducing staff to healthcare waste management, we would recommend starting them on the Introduction to Healthcare Waste eLearning course. This course was designed for beginner healthcare and medical practitioners, and its short and accessible course material will help get your staff moving quickly.

If you are looking to take that next step in the development of your staff, whether it's helping them better understand waste management in hospitals, or how to handle waste in a health care environment, look towards the Best Practice Management of Healthcare Waste course. This course is designed to dive deeper into healthcare waste best practices, and as such is longer and covers more complex topics.

What are the major types of biomedical waste?

Bio-medical waste can cover a number of waste products, which is why it is vital that your knowledge is always up-to-date. These waste products include:
  • Any part of the human anatomy, from tissue, body parts and organs
  • Animal waste - This is generally found at veterinary hospitals, and usually disposed off after diagnosis research
  • Biotechnological and microbiological wastes, created in hospitals
  • Hypodermic needles and syringes, scalpels and other sharp medical objects.Also known as waste sharps
  • Old or discarded medicines, as well as cytotoxic drugs, often found in hospitals and care work
  • Wound dressings, bandages and plaster casts, or other materials that have been in contact with or contaminated by blood, such as catheters and tubes found in hospitals
  • Waste from infected areas, usually in liquid form
  • Ash from incinerated mass and other chemical waste found in hospitals and elsewhere

Complete your CPD training online

Our healthcare waste disposal courses can all be accessed and completed online through our Rio Engage platform. This allows managers and employees easy access to view course progress and easily contact course tutors with any questions. It also has the added benefit of reducing carbon emissions created by travelling to an education centre.

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Rio Learn is the educational branch of Rio, and offers a wide range of courses built to improve your knowledge of sustainability, ESG, proper healthcare waste, and more. Our courses are accredited by a number of organisations, including IEMA, RCN, The Energy Institute, and more. These accreditations mean you will receive superb quality training throughout any Rio Learn course. Our course tutors and supervisors are also available to answer any course questions you might have.

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