Use the below Notification to EHS Biosafety Shipment form, complete, and e-mail to the Biosafety Office for all shipments of biological materials.
Useful Documents for Shipping
- Biosafety Manual Appendix A - Notification to EHS Biosafety of Shipment
- Shipping Classification (Category A, Category B, Patient Specimen, GMO) Flow Chart
- Checklist for Shipping Documentation
- IATA Indicative Listing of Category A
- Marking and Labeling Checklist
- Packaging Checklist
General MU Biohazardous Shipping Policies
If you wish to transfer biohazardous materials from your laboratory to another building, regardless of whether on or off campus, contact the EHS DOT Shipping Coordinator (882-7018).
According to Section 7:040 of the Business Policy and Procedures Manual, all persons wishing to ship potentially hazardous materials off campus are required to contact EHS to determine if the material is subject to DOT hazardous materials shipping regulations. If DOT regulations are found to apply, then EHS will determine the proper packaging, marking, and labeling requirements. EHS also prepares and provides the required DOT documentation.
Transfers using MU vehicles may also be subject to DOT regulation. MU strongly recommends that private vehicles not be used for transferring biohazardous materials between buildings.
Biohazardous Material Transportation
Controls on biohazardous material transportation are aimed at ensuring public and workers are protected from exposure to any infectious material. Control is maintained through rigorous packaging, appropriate labeling to alert transportation workers, documentation on biohazardous contents, emergency contact information, and worker training in the transportation chain.
Regulations include, but are not limited to:
- Interstate Transportation of Etiologic Agents (42 CFR Part 72) - Public Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services
- Hazardous Materails regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-185) - Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, US Department of Transportation
- Domestic Mail Manual - Mailability of Hazardous Materials (601.10) - United States Postal Service
- Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail (Pub 52) - United States Postal Service
- Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (29 CFR Part 1910.1030) - Occupational Safety and Health Administration, US Department of Labor
- Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (DOC 9284) - International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- Dangerous Goods Regulations - International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Biohazardous Material Transfer
Requirements on the transfer of biohazardous materials are aimed at ensuring the change of possession is within the best interest of the public and nation. Controls require documentation on personnel, facilities, and justification of need for the transfer process with approval by the federal authority. Regulations include, but are not limited to:
- Foreign Quarantine of Etiologic Agents, Hosts and Vectors (42 CFR § 71.54) - Public Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services
- Import or Domestic Transfer of Etiologic Agents - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, US Department of Agriculture
- Importation of Animals and Animal Products (9 CFR Part 92)
- Prohibited and Restricted Importations (9 CFR Part 94)
- Sanitary Control of Animal Byproducts Offered for Entry into the United States (9 CFR Part 95)
- Restriction of Importations of Foreign Animal Casings Offered for Entry into the United States (9 CFR Part 96)
- Organisms and Vectors (9 CFR Part 122)
- User Fees (9 CFR Part 130)
- Federal Plant Pest Regulation (7 CFR Part 330) - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, US Department of Agriculture
- Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins (42 CFR § 73.16) - Public Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services
- Export Administration Regulations (15 CFR Subchapter C) - Bureau of Industry and Security, US Department of Commerce
Contact the EHS Biosafety Professional (882-7018) if you wish to transfer biohazardous materials to another facility.