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Shipment of Biological Mateirals
Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) division of the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) and commercial package delivery companies have increased scrutiny of packages offered for shipment from university departments.
Anyone who offers packages for shipment from the university must be aware of the requirements for proper labeling and marking and receive proper certification.
Even if you do not ship dangerous goods/hazardous materials, you can be held accountable and fined for improperly prepared packages. If an error is made, departments may be fined thousands of dollars by TSA.
This has recently been an issue for those who reuse dangerous goods/hazardous materials shipping containers. If your package does not contain dangerous goods/hazardous materials, the package must not have any labels or markings that pertain to dangerous goods/hazardous materials such as those shown below.
Dangerous goods/hazardous materials labels
University departments ship a variety of dangerous goods/hazardous materials including infectious substances, dry ice, biologicals, and sometimes chemicals. These shipments fall under a variety of regulations depending upon the material, the mode of transportation, the commercial carrier, and the destination.
By regulation, all persons who ship or handle shipments of biologic material, infectous substances, dry ice or chemicals that are dangerous goods/hazardous materials must be certified for this activity.
The University of Maryland Baltimore, Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) offers an online Biological Material Shipping Certification that will satisfy the training requirement.
Please contact the Melissa A. Morland, MS, RBP, CBSP, Biosafety Officer at (410) 706-7845 for more information.