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Shipping Hazardous Materials

Federal Regulations (49 CFR 172.704) require that all shippers must be trained and certified prior to doing any of the following jobs:

  • preparing shipping documentation
  • loading trucks                                     
  • marking and labeling packages                                               
  • filling packages
  • accepting packages for shipment and /or supervising these activities

IATA requires training every two years for shipments by air.  DOT requires training every three years.  If you have not been trained, or your training has expired, please contact the EH&S Education Specialist at 716-9681 to register.   Fines and penalties may be imposed against universities and individuals who fail to comply with the applicable rules including proper classification, identification, packaging, marking, labeling, documentation and training.   Failure to comply with Federal and international regulations can result in refusal of the shipment by the airline, penalties of fines, jail or both.  Hand carrying of infectious substances by air is strictly prohibited by law.

Manufacturers of Certified Shipping Containers
NCBH & WFUHS Shipping Policy and Procedure

Material Transfer Agreement - Contact:  Industry Relations - Phone: 336-716-9359; Fax: 336-716-4480


Bill of Laden-Short Form (Transporting from Downtown to WFUHS)
Bill of Laden-Short Form (Transporting from WFUHS to Downtown)
Biological Shipping Form
Commercial Invoice


Category A – IATA Table 3.6.D.
Packing Instructions 602 (Category A)
Packing Instructions 650 (Category B)
Transportation of Biological Samples (Intercampus)


Infectious Substances
- A material known or reasonably expected to contain a pathogen that can cause disease in humans or animals.  Pathogens are defined as microoraganisms (including bacteria, Viruses, rickettsiae, parasites, fungi or prion

Infectious Substances, Category A - Infectious substances are capable of causing permanent disability and/or life threatening or fatal disease to humans or animals when an exposure occurs.  Classification must be based on the known medical history or symptoms of the source patient or animal or professional judgment.

Infectious Substances, Category B- These substances are infectious, but not in the form that generally is capable of causing permanent disability or life threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals when an exposure occurs. Includes infectious substances transported for diagnostic or investigational purposes.

Biological Products- Means a virus, therapeutic serum, toxin, antitoxin, vaccine, blood, blood component or derivative, allergenic product or analogous product.  Applicable to the prevention, treatment, or cure of a disease or condition of humans or animals.

Culture - Any infectious substances containing a pathogen that is intentionally propagated.  Culture does not include a human or animal patient specimen.

Patient Specimen - Means human or animal material collected directly from humans or animals and transported for research, diagnosis, investigational activities or disease treatment or prevention.  Includes: excreta, secreta, blood and its components, tissues and tissue swabs, body parts and specimens in transport media.

Genetically Modified Microorganism- Organisms or microorganisms in which genetic material has been purposely altered through genetic engineering in a way that does not occur naturally.


Substance for Classisfication

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