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

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.

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

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