Hazardous Materials

BIO202: Shipping Infectious Substances, Category A Training

Any UAB employee who handles or offers for transport an Infectious Substance, Category A substance must complete training every two years or if regulations change. This is a Federal requirement per the Hazardous Materials Regulation.

If you have determined that the substance you are shipping is capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening or fatal disease, it must be shipped as an Infectious Substance, Category A. To help determine if your substance falls under Category A, review the PDF file below or use the Classification Chart to help you properly classify your shipment.

Examples of Infectious/Biological Substances Included in Category A or B
Classification Flow Chart

A BlazerID or XIAS account is required to register for and take the course.

Registration: Follow these registration instructions.
A copy of the completed training certificate must be maintained in the laboratory files and presented to the proper authorities upon request.

Once you pass the assessment for the course, you may go to the My Transcript tab and located the course link. Once you click on the link, you will see another link that brings up your certificate for the course. Choose File, Print to print it.


Below you will find reference material and job aids to assist you in shipping Category B Infectious Substances. After completing the course, feel free to return here and print any of the material you find useful.

Call 205-934-2487 for more information.