US DOT issues revised standards for infectious substances transportation. (News).On Aug. 14. the U.S. Department of Transportation published RSPA-98-3971 (HM-226), titled "Hazardous Materials: Revision to Standards for Infectious infectious /in·fec·tious/ (-fek´shus)
1. caused by or capable of being communicated by infection, as an infectious disease.
2. infective (1).
1. Substances," effective Oct. 1, 2002. The final rule revises "transportation requirements for infectious substances, including regulated reg·u·late
tr.v. reg·u·lat·ed, reg·u·lat·ing, reg·u·lates
1. To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
2. medical waste, to: adopt defining criteria criteria (krītēr´ē),
n. and packaging requirements consistent with international standards; revise the current broad exceptions for diagnostic specimens and biological products; and authorize To empower another with the legal right to perform an action.
The Constitution authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce.
authorize v. to officially empower someone to act. (See: authority) bulk packaging options for regulated medical waste consistent with requirements in international standards and DOT exemptions". The revisions are intended to assure an acceptable level of safety for the transportation of infectious substances domestically and internationally. For more information, read the new rule at http://hazmat.dot.gov/67fr-53118.pdf.