Shipping Coronavirus

Coronavirus, also known by its virus name SARS-CoV-2 and its disease name COVID-19, is appearing more and more in our news and becoming a wider spread concern, creating questions about safety protocols when transporting specimens. Samples of blood or tissue may need to be shipped for diagnostic purposes, or to a lab studying the virus to better understand its characteristics. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently provided interim guidelines for laboratory biosafety handling and processing of specimens associated with the Coronavirus Disease 2019, stating that specimens from suspected or potential patient cases of COVID-19 should be shipped under regulations for UN 3373 Biological Substance, Category B.

UN 3373 Biological Substance, Category B

UN3373 Package Mark

COVID-19 isn’t the first infectious substance that clinical facilities have shipped using the UN 3373 Biological Substance, Category B designation. The US Department of Transportation have well established procedures in place to classify, describe, label, mark, and package patient specimens for proper and safe shipping. These regulations include requirements for triple packaging as well as adequate absorbent and cushioning materials to prevent breakage and leaking. There are also specific labeling and marking requirements for the outside of the package, including the UN3373 mark, the words “Biological Substance, Category B”, and the name and phone number of a responsible person who can answer questions in case of emergency. Additional steps are required if dry ice is used.

Triple Packaging Requirements for UN3373

If you need more information on shipping biological substances and infectious substances, Eduwhere provides two courses covering the proper shipping of Infectious Substances:

For more information on coronavirus safety, see the CDC webpage on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/lab-biosafety-guidelines.html

RCRA Hazardous Waste Management for Generators

Proper management and disposal of hazardous wastes is essential for safety for workers, the public, and the environment. Eduwhere is pleased to offer a training course in the proper handling of hazardous wastes, with a specific focus on the federal regulations as they relate to businesses and generators of hazardous waste. Our RCRA Hazardous Waste Management for Generators course our most comprehensive course on hazardous waste management, covering topics including identifying hazardous wastes, determining a facility’s generator status, maintaining appropriate records, managing used oil, universal wastes, and disposal methods and limitations. 

RCRA Annual & “thoroughly familiar” Training Requirements

40 CFR 262.16 (b)(9)(iii)
40 CFR 262.17(a)(7)

RCRA Regulatory Citations

This training course is designed to help businesses and facilities meet both the annual or “thoroughly familiar” training requirements, depending on generator size, set out in 40 CFR 262.16 (b)(9)(iii) and 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7) for generators of hazardous waste. Personnel who will generate, handle, store, treat or dispose of hazardous waste may be required to complete a RCRA training course annually.

Of interest to our clients who fall under RCRA training requirements, a new rule has come into effect this year designating aerosol cans as a universal waste. The EPA hopes that this new designation for aerosol cans will promote the collection and recycling of the cans and reduce the number being sent to landfill.  

RCRA Hazardous Waste Management for Generators

Shipping Infectious Substances

Ensuring the safe transportation of biological specimens and infectious substances is as important as ever. Eduwhere is pleased to be able to offer our Shipping Infectious Substances for IATA and DOT training course to medical personnel, lab techs, and anyone who might be involved at any stage in the shipping process for infectious substances or diagnostic specimens. Since these kinds of shipments can pose a significant safety concern to both people and the environment by their biological or infectious nature, it’s crucial to make sure the necessary precautions are taken to keep the materials safely contained and prevent unwanted exposure.

Our Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA & DOT) course is designed to meet the training requirements set out in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H and Section 1.5 of the IATA DGR, and covers topics for both air and ground shipments including selecting proper packaging, marks, and labels for dangerous goods shipments, and specifically addresses packaging requirements for shipments containing dry ice, often used to preserve infectious substances while in transit. The course addresses the four main training requirements set out by IATA and DOT: General awareness/familiarization training, Function-specific training, Safety training, and Security Awareness Training. Our training should function as a guide to assist you in safely preparing certain dangerous goods for transport.

We hope our Shipping Infectious Substances course can help you safely ship infectious substances and diagnostic specimens so you can keep doing what you do best.

2020 IATA Updates & Regulations for Shipping Dangerous Goods

Here are a few of the changes to our IATA Dangerous Goods course that we will be including for the upcoming year:

Most significantly in the 61st Edition is the inclusion of Appendix H Competency Based Training and Assessment Approach. The Competency Based Training has been deferred from implementation in this edition and is expected to be adopted in the 2021-2022 ICAO Technical instructions. Appendix H has been provided to give shippers an opportunity to review and provide feedback on this approach. 

Revisions taking effect in the 61st edition include the clarifications made to marking. All marks (excepted quantity, limited quantity, environmentally hazardous substance and the lithium battery mark) when required must be on one side of the package. Where the marks is applied by means of a label, the label must not be folded or applied such that it appears on two sides of the package. Clarification has been added to the “Keep Away From Heat” label to identify that the label should be affixed to the same side of the package as the hazard labels.

There are also updates to Packing Instructions, Operator Variations, and State Variations.

If you or your company ship dangerous goods by air, Eduwhere’s IATA Dangerous Goods course may be appropriate for you. This online training course is designed to cover the fundamentals of shipping dangerous goods by air, according to the IATA regulations, as specified in Section 1.5 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and 49 CFR 172 Subpart H. However, it is important to note that this course does not cover the in depth requirements for the shipment of radioactive materials. 

Eduwhere’s training is designed with a 10-step approach, which encompasses all of the activities which must be addressed when preparing dangerous goods for shipment by air, to ensure safe and legal shipment. It is necessary for anyone involved at any stage in the air shipment of dangerous goods to be properly trained, whether they handle dangerous goods, prepare the goods, packagings, or the associated documentation (including marks and labels and Shipper’s Declaration) for shipment or are responsible for the safe transportation of dangerous goods. 

If you need a copy of the 2020 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, 61st Edition, we offer a “course & book bundle” which includes our online IATA course, the 2020 IATA DGR, and free shipping within the United States. You can also order just the IATA DGR book on our Keika Ventures website.

IATA DGR 2020

MSHA Part 46 Annual Refresher

Mining can be a dangerous business, but Eduwhere wants you to stay safe on the job. That’s why we offer several mine safety courses, including the MSHA Part 46 Refresher. MSHA requires annual refresher training for miners that fall under Part 46, which applies to shell dredging, sand, gravel, surface stone, surface clay, colloidal phosphate, and surface limestone mines. You should be spending a minimum of 8 hours on your refresher training, and our course is designed to help you meet that time requirement while also allowing you to focus your time more on the topics you need and less on the ones you already understand. This 8 hour time requirement is for your safety.

The topics covered in this course closely match the template provided by MSHA for Part 46 training. They include Hazard Communication (HazCom), Escape and Emergency Evacuation Plans, and Prevention of Accidents, among many others. Remember, MSHA’s Part 46 Refresher regulations also require site-specific training, including a review of site-specific hazards and updates on any changes at the mine that might affect your health and safety, and this is something that your mine site will have to provide to you in addition to the topics covered in this online course. 

Due in part to the site-specific nature of MSHA’s requirements, your signed “Pink Sheet” does not come from Eduwhere (though we will provide you with an unsigned one), and must be signed by the responsible party for health and safety training at your facility or organization, because they are the ones verifying that your training was completed appropriately, not Eduwhere. Because of this, it is always a good idea to check with your mine to see what training they approve or if there are additional training topic requirements for your particular job on site.

Mine safety is serious business! Let Eduwhere help you stay in compliance with your training and stay safe on site with our MSHA Part 46 Refresher course.

Fire Safety Online Course

Fires are a dangerous and all too common workplace hazard, but their damage can be minimized with proper safety planning. The US Fire Administration found that $23 billion dollars were lost due to fire in the US in 2017. In 2018 in the US, 115 on the job fatalities were due to fires, equalling 2.2% of all workplace deaths according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. While these numbers are generally trending downward, year to year, they are still high, and our goal is to help continue to lower them. From fire extinguishers to emergency escape routes, it is important to have an action plan in place to prevent workplace injuries and deaths. 

Eduwhere’s Fire Safety training course is designed to help you meet OSHA’s workplace safety standards (29 CFR 1910.38(a) and 29 CFR 1910.157(g)). It will help you determine if your facility has any particular fire related hazards to be aware of so that you can use appropriate correction methods and strategies and be prepared to address the hazards if the need arises. Our aim is to help you minimize your fire risk and create a safer workplace for yourself and other employees. Fire is the most common type of emergency for small businesses, and it is important to be able to assess the hazard and determine the safest course of action.

This course is appropriate not only for those working in conventionally “dangerous” jobs, but anyone who works in a workplace who may be asked to use a fire extinguisher or evacuate during an emergency. Let’s work together to create safer workplaces.

In 2018 in the US, 115 on the job fatalities were due to fires…

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fire Safety
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RCRA & DOT Refresher: 2-for-1 Training

Eduwhere would like to introduce to you a unique course offering: the RCRA & DOT Refresher. This refresher course includes a review of important regulatory information for both hazardous waste management and hazardous materials shipping to meet training requirements for both RCRA and DOT (40 CFR 262.16 (b)(9)(iii), 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7), and 49 CFR 172 Subpart H).

This course provides a hybrid format covering important topics in hazardous materials and wastes, covering the relevant laws and regulations, and functions as a guide to complying with those regulations. This includes how to recognize hazardous waste and manage and prepare it properly while on site and for transport and disposal, and how to keep records for compliance for RCRA, as well as a review of DOT’s shipping regulations, from identifying proper shipping names and hazard classes to preparing packages for shipment including necessary marks and labels and accompanying shipping papers. 

We are pleased to offer this hybrid course for those who need training in both hazardous materials and hazardous wastes. If you have taken training previously, are familiar with the regulatory requirements and are looking for a fast-paced course to fulfill your recurrent training requirements with your experience in mind, consider Eduwhere’s RCRA & DOT Refresher course.

We also offer standalone training for both DOT and RCRA topics:

If you are looking to satisfy training requirements to sign hazardous waste manifests for off-site shipment, please consider:

2020 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (61st Edition)

Eduwhere is pleased to announce that the 2020 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (61st Edition) is in stock and available for purchase. This book is a necessary reference for properly shipping hazardous materials by air, and a valuable companion for Eduwhere’s courses covering IATA regulations, including IATA Dangerous Goods, Shipping Batteries, and Shipping Infectious Substances.

Eduwhere offers the 61st Edition DGR in a “course & book bundle” along with our IATA Dangerous Goods online course at a discount as a thank you to our training clients. The IATA DGR is also available directly through our Keika Ventures online shop or by calling 919.246.4847.

IATA DGR 2020
IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), 2020, 61st Edition

Shipping Lithium Batteries

We all encounter batteries every day, but we don’t often think about the dangers they can pose, especially in shipping environments. Improperly packaged batteries can cause fires and other hazardous events, so it is important that anyone involved in their shipment is aware of the risks and is knowledgable in ensuring proper packaging to minimize those risks. 

Eduwhere’s Shipping Batteries course provides training in the proper shipping of batteries, including lithium batteries, both by ground (DOT) and air (IATA). It is designed to meet the training requirements for both ground transportation (49 CFR 172.704) and transport by air (IATA Section 1.5), and is updated to include the latest IATA changes to the lithium battery requirements. The training covers the specific requirements for lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries, wet and dry batteries, and battery-powered vehicles and equipment. However, this course does not cover shipment of batteries containing sodium.

Our course covers training requirements for shipping batteries, including selecting the proper shipping name, marks and labels, and packaging, and how to appropriately prepare shipping papers. It also covers important shipping limitations related to passenger and cargo aircraft. This training is designed to protect the safety of people and property when batteries and battery-powered devices are being shipped. If you or your company are involved in the shipment of lithium batteries, alkaline, Ni-Cd, lead-acid, lead-alkali, or non-spillable batteries, or battery powered equipment, Eduwhere’s Shipping Batteries course may be appropriate to ensure safe and legal shipment of your packages. 

IMDG Shipping by Ocean Vessel

Eduwhere prides itself on our range of high quality training courses, and we are excited to announce our newest addition: IMDG online, on-demand training! IMDG – International Maritime Dangerous Goods Shipping is a training certification course that covers the fundamentals of shipping dangerous goods by ocean vessel, in accordance with international IMDG regulations. If you or your company ships dangerous goods by sea, this online training course may be appropriate. 

It is important that anyone involved in the transporting, loading, or preparing of packages for shipment by vessel should be trained according to the requirements set out in Section 1.3 of the IMDG Regulations and 49 CFR 172 Subpart H. Trainees will receive an introduction to the regulations and general awareness training for hazardous goods. They will also learn necessary skills for shipping hazardous goods, including how to identify and select proper shipping names, packing groups, basic descriptions, appropriate packaging, quantity limitations and exceptions, and required marks and labels, as well as how to complete and sign necessary documentation and ensure appropriate safety and emergency response. The training also reviews security awareness requirements. The focus of this course is on the preparation and shipment of non-bulk packages, intermediate bulk containers and large packagings. 

Eduwhere’s course is based on the most recent 2018 Edition of the IMDG Code (Amendment 39-18). The training is designed with a 10-step approach that encompasses all of the activities which must be addressed when preparing dangerous goods for shipment by water. This 10-step approach is designed to help you follow through on important regulatory requirements on dangerous goods shipments, and help ensure that you stay in compliance with the law. 

Container cargo ships loaded with shipments. Personnel shipping hazardous materials by ocean vessel must receive IMDG training.

IMDG – International Maritime Dangerous Goods Shipping