Inter-building Transport BY HAND
When carrying biohazardous material by hand, the specimen must be enclosed in primary and secondary containment, according to the guidelines below.
- Place the biohazardous material in a primary specimen container secured with a tight-fitting cap, Parafilm, or tape.
- Make sure the container is labeled with the identity of the contents.
- Place the primary container in a secondary container with absorbent materials to prevent breakage and absorb any leaks or spills.
- The secondary container must be labeled with the biohazard symbol.
Inter-building Transport BY VEHICLE
When carrying biohazardous material in a vehicle, you must enclose your specimen in primary and secondary containment as described above, AND place your specimen in a third outer container.
- The outer container must be sturdy enough to remain closed and contain the specimen(s) if dropped. A rigid container with a secure lid is best.
- Include absorbent materials to prevent breakage and absorb any leaks or spills, if necessary.
- The outer container must be labeled with the biohazard symbol.
- Do not carry biohazardous material on public transportation, like shuttles and buses.
- Transport by bicycle or scooter is discouraged.
- Do not wear gloves while transporting biohazardous materials between buildings.
- Do not leave the package unattended.
- You should be prepared to clean any spills or leaks and have the means to call for assistance if necessary.
These guidelines apply to transportion of biohazardous materials ON CAMPUS. If you need to SHIP biohazardous materials, separate rules apply. Contact EHS
for more information.