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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Interim Secretary of Health

Packaging an Infectious Substance
for Shipping at Ambient Temperature

Packaging an infectious substance (not more than 50 ml or 50 grams per package) for shipping at ambient temperature.

 

  • Use an ambient UN 6.2 certified shipper. The shipper, which includes the inner container and the outer shipper, is certified as a unit and must be used together. Do not “mix and match” UN certified containers. The picture also shows bubble wrap, an absorbent disk, and the specimen to be shipped.
ambient shipper
  • When a specimen container is sealed with a screw cap, wrap the cap with tape to help ensure a leak proof container.
  • Wrap the specimen container in bubble wrap.
specimen container with screw cap
  • Add an absorbent disk to the UN 6.2 certified inner leak-proof container.
absorbent disk to container
  • Place the wrapped specimen into the inner container. Screw the cap on tight. Do not put dry ice in the inner container.
inserting wrapped container
  • Place the inner container in the outer box of the shipper.
putting specimen in shipping box
  • Place an itemized list of the contents between the container and the outer box.
shipping form and specimen bottle
  • Close the box according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Be sure to read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your shipping system for any other specific packaging requirements.

 

(Note: Use of any product in this website does not constitute an endorsement by the South Dakota Department of Health or the National Laboratory Training Network.)

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