Packaging and Shipping Infectious Materials (Online CE Course)

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Author: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)
Reviewer: Alex Casapu, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM

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Fulfill IATA and Division 6.2 training requirements for packaging and shipping hazardous materials with this comprehensive online course.

Not only is it important to know how to protect yourself and others from the dangers associated with exposure to infectious materials, but regulatory agencies require certified training for anyone who is involved in packaging and shipping highly infectious materials. This Packaging and Shipping Infectious Materials course will provide you with the certified training that you need to perform these tasks safely. Learn to classify infectious materials so that they are packaged and shipped properly, practice packaging various substances through interactive participation in real-life scenarios, and finally, demonstrate your understanding of packaging and shipping infectious materials and receive a certificate of training.

This course is updated and current for 2018.

This course meets International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) training requirements for packaging and shipping Category A and Category B infectious substances.

This course also meets College of American Pathologists' and other organizations' training requirements for packaging and shipping Division 6.2 hazards (infectious materials).

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 2 hour(s)
Approved through 6/30/2022
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 2 hour(s)
Approved through 9/1/2022


  • Identify who must receive training in packaging and shipping infectious materials, what must be included in the training, and what records must be maintained.
  • Identify the classifications of hazardous materials and define Division 6.2 infectious materials.
  • Identify specimens that are classified as Category A or Category B infectious substances and specimens that are exempt substances.
  • Determine the type of packaging that is necessary based on the type of specimen, the classification of the specimen, the size of the specimen, the temperature at which the specimen must be maintained during shipment, the specimen components, and the mode of transportation.
  • Determine the labels and markings that are required for packages containing category A or category B substances.
  • Discuss the importance of security awareness when packaging and shipping hazardous materials.

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Course Outline

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  • Course Introduction
      • Packaging and Shipping Infectious Substances
      • Organizations Responsible for Regulating Transport of Hazardous Materials
  • Training and Record Retention
      • Who Must Receive Training?
      • Training Requirements for Packaging and Shipping Category A Substances and Dry Ice
      • Training Records and Frequency of Repeat Training
  • Categories of Division 6.2 Hazardous Materials
  • Packaging Infectious Materials
  • Labels and Documents
  • Packaging and Labeling Scenarios
      • Four scenarios will now be presented to evaluate your understanding of the material that has been presented on classifying, packaging, and labeling la...
      • Scenario 2A sputum specimen from a patient suspected of having tuberculosis is being sent by commercial ground carrier to a reference laboratory. The ...
      • Scenario 3A specimen that is classified as a category A substance affecting humans is being transported by aircraft at ambient temperature (does not r...
      • Scenario 4What additional markings/labels would be added if the specimen needed to be kept cold, and dry ice is used as a refrigerant?
  • Security Awareness
      • Security Awareness
      • Security Training Resource
  • References

Additional Information

Level of Instruction: Basic
Intended Audience: This course is designed for health care personnel who package, ship, and transport Division 6.2 hazardous materials such as patient specimens and cultures. 
Author Information: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP) has over 40 years of experience in the medical laboratory profession as a technologist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. She was an Inspection and Technical Specialist for nine years with the College of American Pathologists in the Laboratory Accreditation Program and, until her retirement in 2015, was Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. Barbara holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.
Reviewer Information: Alex Casapu, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, has over 20 years of experience as a medical laboratory scientist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. He is the former Director of Clinical Laboratory Technology Program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. He is currently a Program Director at MediaLab, Inc. Alex holds BS degrees in Biology and Medical Technology from Clark Atlanta University and an MBA from the University of Georgia.

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