This course is required for anyone that will be shipping samples considered Biological Substances, Category B, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), or Exempt Human or Animal Specimens.

If you have determined that the substances you are shipping is not capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening or fatal disease, it must be shipped as a Biological Substance, Category B. To help determine if your substance falls under Biological Substances, Category B, review the PDF file below or use the Classification Chart to help you properly classify your shipment.

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

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:
  1. Identify and properly classify Biological Substances, Category B, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), or Exempt Human or Animal Specimens intended for shipment.
  2. Pack samples correctly with appropriate primary and secondary containment.
  3. Mark and label any shipping packages correctly.
  4. Properly complete the appropriate shipping documents and/or permits.
  5. Follow necessary safety guidelines to avoid any accidents or injuries.
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 Biological Category B. 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.