CHAPTER 9

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY

4.0 SHIPMENT OF BIOLOGICAL AGENTS

 

4.1  Overview


4.1       Overview

The transportation of hazardous agents is strictly regulated.  Failure to adhere to applicable regulations can result in fines and/or punitive actions against the university and the transporter.  In addition to violating state and federal transportation laws, personal liabilities can be associated with failure to follow the appropriate shipping and handling requirements. 

The U. S. Department of Transportation (US-DOT) regulations regarding the shipment of hazardous materials state that “no person may offer or accept a hazardous material for transportation in commerce unless…the hazardous material is properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled and in condition of shipment.” (HM-171.2).   

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations were developed so that dangerous goods can be transported safely by air transport throughout the world.  It is necessary for all employees involved in the preparation or transport of dangerous goods, to include both diagnostic specimens and infectious substances, to be properly trained. 

No UTMB employee is permitted to ship regulated diagnostic and infectious substances without having completed certified DOT/IATA training every 2 years. EHS will be responsible for shipping of ALL Select Agents on campus. 

UTMB has a system to meet DOT and IATA requirements.  Contact Environmental Health and Safety for information regarding training prior to shipment.  EHS provides access to computer based training as well as sponsors in house training.  The employee must successfully complete the training course in order to carry out these responsibilities.   Please direct questions to EHS at extension 772-1781.