Packing and Shipping Division 6.2 Materials: What the Laboratory Professional Should Know 2016

Packaging and Shipping Division 6.2 Materials: What the Laboratory Professional Should Know 2016

In order to be certified (or recertified) to ship laboratory materials you must complete training on the hazardous materials regulations as well as some facility specific training. This online course uses a problem solving approach to provide training on infectious materials (Division 6.2 Materials) as specified in the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. The content includes some general security training as well as some guidance on facility specific training. Access to resource documents and a number of job aids will not only enhance your learning experience but also provide useful resources for your laboratory.


Public health and clinical laboratory staff members who participate in any phase of shipping laboratory specimens within the United States.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Summarize the source of regulatory oversight for packing and shipping hazardous laboratory materials.
  • Discuss training and certification requirements for hazardous materials with your employer.
  • Categorize hazardous materials prior to shipping.
  • Label hazardous materials in accordance with DOT, IATA and USPS regulations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly document the shipment of laboratory related hazardous materials.
  • Recognize security threats associated with shipping laboratory specimens.
Continuing Education Units (CEU)

This course is being revised, so P.A.C.E.® credits are not offered at this time. When the updated course is available, P.A.C.E.® credits will be reinstated.

Page last reviewed: April 26, 2020