Training in packing and shipping hazardous materials to be offered July 30, 2013
Do you ship hazardous materials, such as infectious substances, human or animal samples, biologically-derived toxins, and preservatives for samples (such as dry ice)? Did you know that federal law requires training in the proper packaging and shipping of hazardous materials every two years, and that documentation of shipping training must be kept on file in your laboratory for two years?
Improperly shipped hazardous materials can be rejected and returned by the carrier at any point during the shipping process, leading to loss of money, time, and research materials. More serious consequences can include fines against the University and/or individuals up to $500,000, and can include up to five years in prison. If federal agents pull an improperly shipped package, they likely would send agents to look for training documentation and to examine records of every package shipped by the lab in the past two years. They may levy fines for each infraction found within that two-year period.
Don’t miss the University’s hazardous materials shipping training session, scheduled for July 30.
- If the only hazardous material you use is dry ice, you can sign up for Part 1 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Register online at http://ulearn.umn.edu.
- If you ship other hazardous materials, you should attend Part 1 and Part 2, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Register online at ULearn.
To register, sign in to ULearn, then search for “biohazard” in the search box in the top right corner of the Ulearn site. Choose either Part 1 or Part 1 and 2. Look at the session details and request the session that is scheduled for July 30. If you need help registering, contact Steen Erikson at email@example.com.