Infectious substances must be transported or moved between laboratories in way as to prevent spills and accidental exposure or release.
When transporting substances, you must do the following:
- Provide your contact information (name, address, and phone number) on the outside of the package.
- Place material in a primary (specimen) container that is leak-proof and secured with a tight-fitting cap, parafilm, or lab tape.
- Place sufficient absorbent material (diapers, absorbent towels, pads) around the primary containers to contain all liquid if a breakage occurs.
- Place the primary containers in a secondary transport container that is also sealed and labeled with a biohazard symbol.
- If transporting on dry ice, label the package "Dry Ice" on two sides.
- Material packed in this way may be moved on a cart or other device between rooms or buildings.
- Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) that is appropriate for movement through public areas (e.g., lab coat and/or single-glove technique where appropriate — it is not advisable to wear gloves when using public elevators. A single-glove technique may be employed when moving through laboratory floors).
- Leave the material with a known, responsible individual in the receiving lab. Do not leave the material unattended or with an unknown individual.