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Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA and DOT)

This course covers the fundamentals of shipping infectious substances and diagnostic specimens. Our 7 step approach encompasses all of the activities which must be addressed when preparing a hazardous material for shipment. This course has been updated to include recent changes to the regulations, including HM-215D. The course also covers shipments containing dry ice.
  • Infectious Substances, Category A (UN 2814 and UN 2900),
  • Biological Substances, Category B (UN 3373),
  • Patient Specimens, and
  • Carbon dioxide, solid (dry ice), Class 9 (UN 1845)

The course meets the requirements for training as specified in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H, including testing of participants. This course does not cover driver training as required for each hazmat employee who will operate a motor vehicle.

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"It was well-presented in structured modules that could be done at the pace I need to do. The examples and pictures with highlighted key points were most useful." - Sheryl A. (Medical)

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Online Training Course: Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA and DOT)

Who Should Take This Course

  • doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals;
  • laboratory technicians;
  • veterinarians;
and anyone who:
  • Prepares infectious substances and diagnostic specimens for transportation;
  • Selects packaging or packages infectious substances and diagnostic specimens;
  • Completes a shipper's declaration or other paperwork associated with the transport of infectious substances and diagnostic specimens;
  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials, including infectious substances and diagnostic specimens;
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials.


Upon completion of this online course, participants should be able to:
  • locate and use the Federal hazardous materials regulations;
  • properly label and mark hazardous material containers for shipment;
  • complete Bill of Lading for hazardous materials;
  • select proper packaging for hazardous materials;
  • develop appropriate emergency response information to accompany shipments.


  • General awareness and familiarization
  • Identification of hazardous materials
  • Packaging operations
  • Marking and labeling
  • Shipping papers
  • Dry Ice requirements
  • Security Awareness Training and Security Plans
  • Federal Register update


Linda R. Taylor, PE
Ms. Taylor is a faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology at NC State University and is the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's IES. She has over 20 years of engineering experience working in industry and environmental consulting, most recently with Progress Energy. She has provided instruction on a wide range of environmental, health, and safety topics at conferences and training courses, both live and online, and she is an OSHA authorized instructor.

Ms. Taylor received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Hours

0.5 Industrial Hygiene CM Point (ABIH Approval #10-085)

3 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.

Training Requirement

Citation: IATA DGR Section 1.5

Section of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations requires that:

"Recurrent training must take place within 24 months of previous training to ensure knowledge is current..."

Refresher Training Required: Every 2 year(s).

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The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.

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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Are your courses "approved" by IATA or the FAA?

No. To our knowledge, neither the FAA nor IATA reviews or evaluates online training courses (and neither does the US DOT). In fact, the FAA will not evaluate any training courses of any kind from any provider (this includes online, classroom, computer-based, etc). IATA does, however, offer a designation called the IATA Endorsed Training School, and these endorsed training schools often advertise their courses as "IATA Approved". We are not an IATA Endorsed Training School. In order to be an endorsed school, the course must be three days long and include training on radioactive materials. Our courses do not cover radioactive materials. According to the IATA website:

"IATA's endorsed training school program is [sic] scheme whereby training schools submit their course material to IATA for review... There is no requirement that training be obtained from an Endorsed School."

We find it interesting that they choose the term "scheme" to refer to their program.

Will taking this course meet my legal training requirements to the FAA and DOT?

Yes it can, but making that determination is up to you, the employer. That's not always the answer people would like to hear, but it's based on the regulations. 49 CFR Part 172.702 requires that employers ensure their employees are "trained in accordance with the requirements prescribed in this subpart."

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