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Packing and Shipping Infectious Substances
Who Should Take This Course
Any employee who performs pre-transportation functions for the shipment of infectious substances, such as packaging, marking, labeling, completion of shipping papers, or supervises employees who perform these activities. This includes doctors, nurses and other medical professionals and employees at hospitals, colleges, pharmaceutical companies, medical clinics or offices, laboratories, research facilities, or other facilities that have diagnostic specimens or samples containing live cultures of pathogenic organisms.
The U.S. DOT requires all hazmat employees receive general awareness, security awareness, and function-specific training (49 CFR 172.704). Air shippers must also comply with additional regulatory mandates provided in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. With enforcement and fines for non-compliance on the rise, it is critical that shippers of infectious substances are fully trained in the regulations.
What is Covered
This course covers the fundamentals of shipping infectious substances and diagnostic specimens. The course encompasses all of the activities which must be addressed when preparing a hazardous material for shipment. This course has been updated to include recent changes to the regulations, including HM-215D. The course also covers shipments containing dry ice.
- Infectious Substances, Category A (UN 2814 and UN 2900)
- Biological Substances, Category B (UN 3373)
- Patient Specimens
- Carbon dioxide, solid (dry ice), Class 9 (UN 1845)
- Define dangerous goods.
- Recall the nine dangerous goods classes and three types of packing groups.
- Classify infectious substances correctly for proper packaging and shipping.
- Package dangerous goods according to regulatory requirements.
- Identify correct labeling requirements on dangerous goods shipping containers.
- Complete documentation and shipping forms.
- Explain the training and certification requirements for dangerous goods.
- Lesson 1 - Introduction and Objectives
- Lesson 2 - Classification of Dangerous Goods
- Lesson 3 - Packaging Requirements
- Lesson 4 - Labeling and Marking Requirements
- Lesson 5 - Declaration Forms and Documentation Requirements
- Lesson 6 - Training and Certification Requirements