Shipping Biological Substances & Dry Ice

Every day, biological substances and dry ice are transported from sites such as hospitals, medical clinics and scientific research locations.

To ensure the safety of the public, special rules apply to the transport of such potentially infectious agents, as well as the cooling agents often used to preserve them. Knowing how to classify and prepare these substances correctly for transport can mean the difference between easy, effective shipments versus delays, lost data, or perished specimens.

Students who complete this course will be issued a certification which holds an expiry of 2 years, per the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and other national transportation regulations.

As identified in the IATA Regulations and by national governmental agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transport and Transport Canada, at a minimum, the following personnel require General Awareness and job-specific training if they:

  • Classify and identify dangerous goods/hazardous materials pack biological substances;
  • Mark, label or placard biological substances;
  • Prepare transport documents for biological substances;
  • Offer biological substances for transport;
  • Handle biological substances in transport;
  • Carry biological substances in transport;
  • Enforce or survey or inspect for compliance with applicable rules and regulations; or are otherwise involved in the transport of dangerous goods as determined by the competent authority

Our course materials include the following:

  • Student Handouts
  • General Information
  • Shipping by Air Chart
  • UN Chart
  • Shipping Biological Substances and Dry Ice Booklet

Topics covered

  • Overview of national and international regulations on transport of biological substances and cooling agents such as dry ice
  • Shipper’s and carrier’s responsibilities
  • 7 Steps to Compliance
  • Exceptions from the regulations
  • Amendments and updates, including the new categories for infectious substances

Course material

  • Shipping by air guide
  • Performance packaging guide
  • Guide to Shipping Biological Substances and Dry Ice