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Chapter 550-2 INITIAL REGISTRATION

Rule 550-2-.01 Application for Registration

(1) Unless otherwise exempt by O.C.G.A. § 43-46A or these Rules, no person or company may operate as a trauma scene waste management practitioner without being registered with the Department.
(2) To obtain a registration from the Department, applicants must submit:
(a) the Department approved application form which will include the address of the established place of business where documents shall be maintained and inspections can be performed;
(b) the fee as prescribed by O.C.G.A. § 43-46A;
(c) a fingerprint-based background check by the Georgia Crime Information Center and Federal Bureau of Investigation must be submitted by each owner of a company.
1. No person who is currently serving a sentence of incarceration or probation for any felony under the laws of this state or any other state or the federal government shall be issued a trauma scene waste management practitioner registration.
(d) proof of liability insurance coverage in the amount of at least $100,000.00 for each occurrence for the trauma scene waste management practitioner, his or her employees, and each independent contractor of such trauma scene waste management practitioner who performs trauma scene waste management services.
1. Such proof shall be provided to the Department as necessary to demonstrate continuance of coverage during the entire registration period.
(e) proof of a valid generation and transportation permit from the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources for the provision of trauma scene waste management services or shall submit an affidavit that the registrant contracts with an entity which has such permit and proof of that entity's permit.
(f) proof of all current certifications held by practitioner in the removal and disposal of regulated biomedical waste or proof of all current certifications held by any contractor used by the practitioner for the provision of trauma scene waste management services.
(g) a bond executed with a surety company duly authorized to do business in Georgia and payable to the Governor for the use and benefit of any person who is harmed by such trauma scene waste practitioner, his or her employee, or an independent contractor of such trauma scene waste management practitioner in the performance of trauma scene waste management services.
1. The bond shall be in the amount of $25,000.00 and shall run concurrent with the registration period.
2. The bond shall be submitted on a Department-approved form.

Rule 550-2-.02 Applications for Military Spouses and Transitioning Service Members

1) As used in this rule, the following terms shall mean:
a) "Military" means the United States armed forces, including the National Guard.
b) Military spouse" means a spouse of a service member or transitioning service member.
c) "Service member" means an active or reserve member of the armed forces, including the National Guard.
d) "Transitioning service member" means a member of the military on active duty status or on separation leave who is within 24 months of retirement or 12 months of separation.
2) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, a professional licensing board or other board shall issue an expedited license by endorsement to any individual that:
a) Is a spouse of a service member or transitioning service member stationed within this state;
b) Holds a current license to practice such occupation or profession issued by another state for which the training, experience, and testing are substantially similar in qualifications and scope to the requirements under this state to obtain a license;
c) Is in good standing in such other state; and
d) Passes any examination that may only be required to demonstrate knowledge of the laws and rules and regulations of this state specific to the practice of the profession, business, or trade for which such expedited license by endorsement is being sought.

Rule 550-2-.03 Emergency Permits

In the event of a declared public health emergency or a state of emergency, the Department shall be authorized to issue temporary registrations to operate as trauma scene waste management practitioners under such limiting conditions as the Department deems appropriate under such circumstances. Such temporary registrations shall terminate at a time specified by the Department.