Transport (Hand-Carry) Between University Labs and Public Areas

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.