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Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials

This course provides training that meets IATA and DOT packaging/shipping requirements.


About this Course


Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials is designed as initial training and periodic retraining for employees who package or ship diagnostic and clinical human or animal specimens, human or animal pathogens, and other regulated biohazards. The course is designed to meet requirements of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Individuals who Package or Ship Diagnostic and Clinical Human or Animal Pathogens and Other Regulated Biohazards, Individuals who Package or Ship Diagnostic and Clinical Human or Animal Specimens

Organizational Subscription Price: Included in additional $500 annual subscription fee for Biosafety and Biosecurity
Independent Learner Price: $110 per person


Course Content


Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Overview

Provides an overview of the applicable regulations on the transportation of hazardous materials, which help to ensure the safety of the public and workers in the transportation chain. It is intended for those researchers and technicians who package and ship diagnostic or clinical human and animal specimens, human and animal pathogens, and related regulated biohazards.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13486 (English)
Author(s): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Classifications

Presents the different classes of dangerous goods and provides a description and examples of infectious substances, and exempt human or animal specimens. It also discusses medical transport exceptions.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13487 (English)
Author(s): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Packaging Requirements

Discusses the packaging criteria to ensure compliance with the major requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the U.S. Postal Service.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13488 (English)
Author(s): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Shipping Papers

Explains the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods (Shipper’s Declaration) that is required when shipping infectious substances, toxic substances, or genetically modified microorganisms. It lists the various requirements for completing the Shipper’s Declaration Form.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13655 (English)
Author(s): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Permits for Restricted Shipments and Transfers

Describes the need to obtain an import or export permit prior to the shipment of infectious substances and related biological substances, and/or materials that may contain infectious substances into or out of the country. It presents information on the agencies that regulate the import and export of these substances.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13656 (English)
Author(s): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Security Awareness

Discusses the need for general security awareness training for all employees handling hazardous materials in the transport chain.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13657 (English)
Author(s): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Emergency Response Information

Describes the need for all employees involved in the hazardous materials transport chain to be aware of the initial emergency response procedures and whom to notify in the event of an incident.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13658 (English)
Author(s): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Refrigerants

Covers safety factors, guidelines, and shipping requirements to take into consideration when dealing with refrigerants.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13659 (English)
Author(s): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories

Toggle Content Shipping Regulated Biological Materials: Appendix

Provides several lists of regulated biological materials including an example list of Category A Infectious Substances, a list of select agents, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Commerce Control List (CCL).

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13660 (English)
Author(s): Eric Neil Cook, MPH, CBSP - Sandia National Laboratories