Shipping Infectious Substances Program

The shipment of biological material with or without dry ice is subject to the following regulations:

  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation (USDOT) – CFR 49 Part 171-180.
  • Dangerous Goods Regulations, International air Transport Association (IATA).

Individuals involved in the packaging and shipment of infectious substances must receive training on the applicable regulations and requirements before packaging/shipping such materials. The Shipping Infectious Substances program is designed to assist researchers in meeting the required regulations when shipping biological material.

UIHC Shipping and Receiving

Shipping and Receiving facility at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics is responsible for receiving, delivering and shipping out hundreds of items on a daily basis. The facility may be used as a resource for hospital staff; all non-UIHC staff will be asked to provide a copy of their training certificate from EHS’s online ICON shipping course when using their services. Contact Shipping and Receiving staff at 319-356-2389 with any questions.

Contact information and areas of expertise can be found on the Contact Us page.

Documents 

Shipping Infectious Substances Program

Training 

  • Shipping Infectious Substances - W009BO
    • This course is required initially and every two years, or with significant regulatory change. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the record of Employee Training and Certification form located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
    • Audience: Individuals shipping diagnostic specimens and/or infectious material with or without dry ice.
  • Shipping with Dry Ice - W052BO
    • This course is required initially and every two years, or whenever significant regulatory changes occur. To finish your training requirement, you must also know specific information unique to your own work area. Use the record of Employee Training and Certification form located within the course content to review site-specific training items with your supervisor or designated work area trainer.
    • Audience: Individuals shipping with dry ice as the only hazardous material.

For further training and registration information go to EHS Safety Training.

Resources 

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