Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA and DOT)
Our Shipping Infections Substances 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 these hazardous materials for shipment by air and by ground. This course has been updated to include recent changes to the regulations, including HM-215D. The course also covers shipments containing dry ice.
Eduwhere’s Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA and DOT) course satisfies two important requirements: compliance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) training and assessment regulations and the Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous materials training requirements as specified in 49 Code of Federal Regulations §172.704. The course length is estimated at 3 contact hours, although individual completion time may vary.
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A variety of medical professionals and healthcare specialists that may come into contact with infectious or biological substances should participate in Eduwhere’s Infectious Substances Training, such as:
And anyone who:
All personnel who are responsible for shipping biological materials by air domestically or internationally must attain the Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA and DOT) certification. In just three short contact hours, you’ll have all the information you need to proceed confidently in tasks related to hazmat air shipping.
By taking Eduwhere’s convenient online class on shipping biological materials by air, employees who handle the air transport of hazardous materials will be confident that they are performing their work safely and in compliance with IATA and DOT standards.
Through this class, led by NC State Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology professor and environmental consultant Linda R. Taylor, you’ll be able to identify hazardous materials, learn how to safely package and label them, complete required shipping paperwork correctly, and safely prepare packages that contain dry ice. You’ll also become familiar with security awareness and training plans and updates to the Federal Register.
Personnel who are involved in any stage of preparing hazardous materials for international or domestic shipping must also complete Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA and DOT) training. The Department of Transportation, in partnership with agencies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Air Transport Association, requires employees to complete this training to comply with international hazmat shipping regulations.
Infectious materials include substances that cause illness in people or animals; biological substances such as blood, tissue, and body parts; patient specimens (from medical or veterinary facilities), and dry ice, which releases carbon dioxide and is therefore an explosion hazard.
Eduwhere’s training instructs professionals who prepare hazmat shipments with up-to-date best practices for packaging, labeling and marking, completing shipping paperwork, ensuring dry ice safety, and much more. For over two decades, Eduwhere has provided professionals in a variety of industries with the skills they need to complete their jobs safely and well.
Whether you’re involved with transporting hazardous materials internationally via aviation or through ground transportation in the United States, you are required to attain DOT and IATA training to perform your job. After completing the initial Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA and DOT) training, those who work with air shipments must take refresher training every two years, and ground shipment personnel every three years.
Even if you transport hazardous materials as an employee of a third-party shipper, such as FedEx or DHL, you must complete the training. Since so many different industries rely on third-party shipping of hazardous waste, this training may be needed by most or all individuals at your company. Eduwhere offers competitive group discounts for instances in which team leaders need to secure training for a large number of employees.
Up-to-date knowledge of how to safely transport hazardous materials is essential in a wide-ranging assortment of occupations. These include: Medical professionals (doctors, nurses, and technicians) Veterinary professionals (doctors, assistants, and technicians) Cosmetologists Demolition professionals Manufacturers Electronics professionals Refrigeration professionals
Whether we like it or not, hazardous materials are simply a part of daily life in many industries. Knowing that you and your team are well equipped to manage the transport of these substances—whether through air or ground transport—will give you the confidence you need to thrive in your professional role.
Although considered “hazardous,” shipping such substances is often integral to hugely beneficial enterprises, such as diagnosing and treating diseases in humans and animals, manufacturing critical goods, and keeping fresh food from perishing. Thus, this training helps a wide range of professionals answer critical societal needs.
3 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.
Citation: IATA DGR Section 1.5
Section 188.8.131.52 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).
Eduwhere offers top-tier instruction that will prepare you and your team for any contingency you might encounter when shipping infectious substances or preparing them for shipment. Upon registration, the course is immediately available to you online, broken up into convenient modules that can be completed at your convenience.
Your course instructor, Linda R. Taylor, PE, is an OSHA authorized instructor with expertise in a variety of health, safety, and environmental areas. The former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University’s Industry Expansions Solutions program, she now teaches in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology. With Ms. Taylor’s expert guidance, you’ll be fully prepared to handle any number of roles in hazardous material shipping.
Professionals in a wide range of industries—from cosmetology to veterinary medicine—are required by OSHA to complete this training. Eduwhere’s training is accepted by OSHA and easy to fit into your busy schedule.
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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