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The Office of Research Safety conducts training in the proper transport of infectious and biological substances. This training is required for any employees shipping infectious or biological substances, and any shipments on dry ice. Employees must also be trained prior to any shipments and re-trained every two years or upon regulatory changes.

Target Audience: Any employees shipping infectious or biological substances, and any shipments on dry ice.
Required Frequency/Format: Every two years or upon regulatory changes, In-person/virtual training
Approximate Training Time: 2 hours
Training Offered: Register

Infectious and biological substances must be carefully packaged to prevent leakage or breakage and consequent exposure to package contents. Additionally, shipments containing dry ice are considered dangerous goods and require additional packaging, labeling and documentation. The bulk of the shipping responsibility rests with the shipper.

The shipper is responsible for the following:

  • Classification of shipment
  • Identifying applicable regulations
  • Obtaining necessary permits
  • Making carrier arrangements
  • Proper packaging, labeling, marking and documentation

Employees of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who ship infectious or biological substances must do so in accordance with federal and international regulations. These include:

  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • The United States Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Employees must also be trained prior to any shipments and re-trained every two years or upon regulatory changes. The Office of Research Safety offers training on a monthly basis to research employees of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.