Shipping Infectious
Substances

Training Course

This interactive online training course is for your employees who package, mark, label and complete shipping papers for shipment of infectious substances and for those who supervise those employees and activities.

Shipping Infectious Substances Training Course

Packing and Shipping Infectious Substances

Shipping and transporting infectious substances used in a laboratory and medical facilities can be dangerous for the shipper, carrier, and recipient of the package. Because of the dangers, those involved with the shipping and transportation of dangerous good must follow strict guidelines for packaging, labeling and documenting shipments.

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)

Course Objectives

  • 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.

Course Lessons:

  • 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

Key Course Features:

  • Clear Course Objectives
  • Engaging & Relevant Animated Scenarios
  • Audio Narration
  • Relevant Use of Graphics and Text
  • Section Review Questions
  • End of Course Assessment - 80% passing score
  • Test questions randomly pulled from question pool
  • Certificates of Completion

Will this course meet my legal training requirements to the FAA and DOT?

It can, but the determination is really up to you, the employer. It may not be the answer people would like to hear, but it's based on the regulations. 49 CFR Part 172.702 requires that employers ensure their employees are "trained in accordance with the requirements prescribed in this subpart." This course does not cover driver training as required for each hazmat employee who will operate a motor vehicle.

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