Infectious Substance Shipping

Infectious substances, as defined by regulation, are regulated by the Department of Transportation as a hazardous material, and as such their transport is subject to various regulatory training requirements.

Do You Ship Infectious Substances?

Infectious substances are commonly defined by the transport regulations as any material known or reasonably expected to contain a pathogen.

A pathogen is a microorganism (including bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, parasites, fungi) or other agent, such as a proteinaceous infectious particle (prion), that can cause disease in humans or animals.

If you ship material that could meet the definition above, you may be shipping an infectious substance. If so, please contact EHS for assistance on individual shipments or to obtain training for shipping infectious substances yourself. This training is currently offered quarterly by MU EHS. For a list of upcoming training dates go to MU EHS Training Courses or contact the MU Biosafety Office at (573) 882-7018.