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

Online Training

ICC offers Online Training for shipping biological substances and dry ice. The training provides an overview on national and international regulations. Your team can access the training from the convenience of their home or office computer. Details and enrolment options listed below.

Transportation of Dry Ice by Ground (49 CFR) and Air

1 hr $99

Learn online how to document, mark and label, pack and transport dry ice in compliance with:
USA DOT 49 CFR (Ground), and IATA (Air)
Suitable for anyone shipping dry ice – Entry-level / Intermediate
49 CFR & IATA DGR Publication required

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Shipping Biological Substances by Ground (TDG) and Air

2 hrs $80

Learn online how to document, mark and label, pack and transport biological substances in compliance with:
Canadian TDG (Ground), and IATA (Air)
Suitable for anyone shipping biological substances – Entry-level / Intermediate
TDG Clear Language Regulations & IATA DGR Publication required

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Transportation of Dry Ice by Ground (TDG) and Air

1 hr $70

Learn online how to document, mark and label, pack and transport dry ice in compliance with:
Canadian TDG (Ground), and IATA (Air)
Suitable for anyone shipping dry ice – Entry-level / Intermediate
TDG Clear Language Regulations & IATA DGR Publication required

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Shipping Biological Substances & Dry Ice by Ground (49 CFR) and Air

3 hrs $160

Learn online how to document, mark and label, pack and transport biological substances and dry ice in compliance with:
USA DOT 49 CFR (Ground), and IATA (Air)
Suitable for anyone shipping biological substances and dry ice – Entry-level / Intermediate
49 CFR & IATA DGR Publication required

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