Shipping Hazardous or Infectious Materials
DOT & IATA Regulations
The packaging and transportation of biological materials are subject to strict state, federal and international regulations. Individuals involved in the packaging, transportation and shipment of infectious substances must receive training on proper packaging, labeling and documentation according to the applicable regulations and requirements before shipping such materials.
Failure to comply with these regulations may result in individual fines up to $250,000 and a maximum of one year in jail. Organizations could be fined up to $500,000 per incident. Several agencies regulate the shipment of biological materials including:
* US Department of Transportation (DOT)
* International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
* International Air Transport Association (IATA)
* US Public Health Services (PHS)
* Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
* United States Postal Services (USPS)
The intent of the packaging and transportation regulations is to prevent accidental exposure to personnel who may handle the material during its shipment. If you wish to ship an infectious material or you are not sure if your material is regulated, contact the Director of EH&S at ext. 2252.