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Shipment of Biological Materials and Dry Ice

Shipment of hazardous materials is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the International Air Transportation Association (IATA). Hazardous materials include materials that are explosive, flammable, combustible, corrosive, reactive, oxidizing, toxic, radioactive, and infectious.

All UMMC employees who package and ship either dry ice or Category B infectious substances (human/primate blood, tissues, other body fluids, and most live BSL-2 organisms) are required to be trained every 2 years. Training and further information is provided by Environmental Health and Safety.

Personnel involved in shipping must abide by USDOT/IATA packaging requirements from these entities when hazardous materials are shipped from UMMC. Failure to comply may result in citations, fines, and/or imprisonment.