Shipping Vaccines or Pharmaceutical?

With the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out around the world, IATA has released an updated guidance document (December 16, 2020) that was initially released in November 2020. Here are a few considerations supervisors/logisticians should think about when planning to ship or have employee’s handle/store vaccines: 

  • Downstream communication is key. Since vaccines must be transported in temperature-controlled packaging, which normally includes dry ice, IATA’s guidance document is also for packagers, handlers, and storage facility workers;
  • Plan to refresh your dangerous goods training. ICC offers a variety of courses such as Shipping Biological Substances & Dry Ice and Shipping Dangerous Goods by Air;
  • Confirm that, every step of the way, storage facilities have enough room and can properly store vaccines in temperature-controlled environments;
  • Ensure compliances with National and Local Occupational Health and Safety Regulations when handling and storing large amounts of dry ice. Remember that CO2 (carbon dioxide) is a significant asphyxiation risk and can be deadly (signage may be required).

In the absence of any such OH&S regulations, ICC Compliance Center can help. If you require packaging materials, signage, or training, please contact us.

Click here to view the full Guidance for Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Logistics and Distribution Document. For more information on the transportation of the COVID-19 Vaccine, visit the IATA website.

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Elton Woodfine

Elton Woodfine

Elton Woodfine CD (Canadian Decoration) served 22 years as a member of the Canadian Forces. Initially as an Infantry section Commander in the Princess Patricia Canadian Lite Infantry (PPCLI), he served on two peace keeping missions in the former Yugoslavia, and one combat tour in Afghanistan where his unit was awarded the Governor General Unit Citation for actions in combat. He then continued to serve as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force as a firefighter, where he completed a diploma in Fire Science/ Fire-fighting from Memorial University and Occupational Health and Safety diploma from the University of New Brunswick. Lastly, in his career with the Canadian Forces, he served as a member of the Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU) as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Operator (CBRN Op), part of the Canadian Special Operation Command (CANSOFCOM). Upon his retirement from the Canadian Forces, he took a position as a Life Cycle Management of hazardous materials instructor for the logistical branch of the Department of National Defense and is knowledgeable in NFCC, CEPA 1999, IMHWR, TDGR, ICAO, IATA, IMDG, GHS and OH&S federal regulations.