Shipping Infectious Substances by Air (IATA)
This infectious substances training course covers the fundamentals of shipping infectious substances and diagnostic specimens by air, and discusses the requirements of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Our 7 step approach encompasses all of the activities which must be addressed when preparing a dangerous good for shipment.
Eduwhere’s online IATA Infectious Substances course satisfies the requirement of compliance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations for the shipment of infectious substances, biological substances, patient specimens, and dry ice. Infectious substances are broken into two categories: UN 2814, substances harmful to humans; and UN 3373, substances harmful to animals. Both categories are covered in the course. The class length is estimated at 1 contact hour, although individual completion time may vary.
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A wide range of professionals across industries are involved in the shipping of infectious substances. These include:
and anyone who:
When infectious materials are shipped by air, there are many safety considerations that must be taken into account at each stage of transport. Apart from the hazardous waste materials themselves, the Personnel who assemble, pack, and seal packages containing infectious substances for air shipment are required to complete IATA Infectious Substances Training. Such individuals must be able to classify the material being shipped, choose packaging that will keep the substance from leaking if the internal container is damaged, and place the substance in the package securely.
Do you know how to handle packages containing dry ice? What should you do if a package is damaged containing infectious substances in transit? Infectious Substances training–which also covers the handling of biological substances, patient specimens, and dry ice for shipping–is an essential component of workplace safety for all individuals who prepare hazmat packages for shipment by air. By learning Eduwhere’s 7-step approach to managing infectious substances, professionals can comply with IATA and feel confident in their ability to perform their jobs safely.v
The ability to accurately mark and label packages containing infectious substances is critical to workplace safety. The individuals who load and unload hazmat packages before and after air shipment must be informed of the content of such packages to protect themselves and others during loading, transport, and unloading. During the hectic process of moving aircraft cargo, personnel must be able to easily detect packages that contain infectious materials and handle them accordingly.
With proper marking and labeling, everyone involved in the transport process will be aware of a package’s contents and know who to contact in the event of an accident. It is also essential for the contents of each shipment and any special considerations to be properly documented in a shipper’s declaration of hazardous goods. Both personnel involved in these tasks and their supervisors must know how to execute proper protocol to keep their worksite safe.
For these reasons, all professionals involved with the marking, labeling, or documentation of air shipments containing infectious material, biological material, patient specimens, or dry ice must complete IATA Infectious Substances Training. Eduwhere’s class is a convenient, affordable way to ensure that you are fully prepared to perform all duties related to infectious substance shipping by air.
Any individual who performs duties related to the air shipment of infectious materials, or who supervises such duties, must complete IATA Infectious Substance training. This pertains to Category A substances (infectious), Category B substances (biological), patient specimens, and dry ice used to preserve substances. Category A substances are further broken down into UN 2814, substances affecting humans, and UN 3373, substances affecting animals.
Do you know how to recognize the hazards associated with various infectious materials labels on a package? Have you ever completed a shipper’s declaration of hazardous goods? By taking this short online class from Eduwhere, you will learn key information that will prepare you to perform all tasks related to the air shipment of hazardous materials. If you are a team leader seeking certification for several employees, group discounts are available.
Many different verticals are involved in the air transportation of infectious substances. Aircrafts transport shipments for many medical and research purposes, and loading and unloading personnel must be well-informed on how to handle such packages safely and know who to contact in the event of an accident. Individuals who prepare the air shipments on site must use best practices to package, mark, and label each item to ensure that all individuals handling them are aware of their contents and any potential hazards.
Professionals who work in the following industries are required to complete IATA Infectious Substances training if they are directly involved in preparing, transporting, unloading, or supervising the workflow related to such shipments:
In Eduwhere’s class, individuals in these industries will become familiar with the various types of infectious substances, biological substances, and patient specimens; learn best practices for packaging, marking, and labeling hazmat; find out how to complete a shipper’s declaration; understand the protocol for shipments that include dry ice; and gain awareness of security considerations.
1 Contact Hour
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 126.96.36.199 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations requires that:
"Recurrent training must take place within 24 months of previous training to ensure knowledge is current..."
To remain compliant with IATA regulations, professionals involved in shipping infectious substances by air must complete refresher training every 2 years.
Refresher Training Required: Every 2 year(s).
Accepted by the FAA and IATA, this convenient and comprehensive online class will prepare you to complete all tasks related to infectious substance shipping by air. As a participant, you will gain knowledge that will keep you and colleagues safe on the job and allow you to gain or renew certification in order to comply with IATA regulations.
Your expert instructor, Linda R. Taylor, PE, is the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's Industry Expansion Solutions and brings more than three decades of industry experience to her teaching.
Upon completion of the Infectious Substances Training course, you will receive a certificate, wallet card, and scoresheet as proof of your certification.
For more than 25 years, Eduwhere has provided affordable, accessible health and safety training to busy professionals in a variety of industries. Our classes are available to you any time, and you can access them from any location that has an internet connection.
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.
“The course was very educational. Everything was very easy to get to and instructions were very informative and straight forward on what was presented. ”Shannon L. (Manufacturing)
“Extremely easy to set up and very convenient.”Mike G. (Consulting)
“Easy to administer to new employees.”Chris C. (Industrial)
“Very detailed and easy to understand.”Justin M. (Industrial)
“I liked the fact that the online course was available for self-paced. The course content was presented clearly and effectively.”Laila S. (Medical)