Company to provide safety training to settle Arizona suit

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PHOENIX (AP) — A cleanup company will provide free safety training to 5,000 Arizona first responders as part of settling a lawsuit in which state regulators accused the company of failing to register to handle biohazardous medical waste.

Aurora, Illinois-based Aftermath Solutions Inc. also will pay a $5,000 civil penalty under the consent judgment announced Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Aftermath website says its services include cleaning crime scenes, unattended deaths, industrial accidents and hoarding situations.

The department's suit says an Aftermath worker transported spilled medical waste from a body piercing shop to an unapproved location, the worker's home.

Department official Laura Malone says the settlement's requirement for Aftermath to provide blood-pathogen training to responders is a way to turn enforcement measures into actions that make communities safer.

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