Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Transportation of diagnostic specimens

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd

Introduction

  • International guidelines for the transport of infectious substances have been issued by the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and endorsed by theWorld Health Organization, the Universal Postal Union, the International Civil Aviation Organizationand the International Air Transport Association.
  • These guidelines serve to protect the health of postal, airline and other personnel involved in the transport of infectious substances, through the refusal to carry certain infectious material and the insistence on the use of approved packaging for other material.
  • To date there have been no recorded cases of illness resulting from the release of specimens during transport.

Definitions

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Packaging and labelling requirements

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Requirements for airmail

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Local surface transport

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Transport planning

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Health and Safety Executive (1998)The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994. Approved list of Biologic Agents, 3rd edn. Further information atwww.open.gov.uk/hse/hthdir/agents.
  • World Health Organization (1997)Guidelines for the safe transport of infectious substances and diagnostic specimens.Full document can be downloaded fromwww.who.int/emc.
  • World Health Organization (1993)Emergency safety measures in transport-associated accidents.In: Laboratory Biosafety Manual pp 52-54. 2nd edn.

Organisation(s)

  • Royal Mail Customer Service Center, UK. Tel: +44 (0)345 740740; Fax: 01206 784406.
  • Packaging suppliers:
    • Air Sea Containers Ltd, 318 New Chester Road, Birkenhead L42 1LE, UK. Tel: +44 (0)151 645 0636; Fax: +44 (0)151 644 9268; Contact: Randall Grundy.
    • CarePack Holland, Ofelialaan 45, PO Box 16, NL-1430 Aalsmeet, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 (297) 344827; Fax: +31 (297) 345169; Contact: Lambert Dekkers; Email:carepack@globalxs.nl
    • Dangerous Good International, 17/1 Building 521, Heathrow World Cargo Center, Middlesex TW6 3JL, UK. Tel: +44 (0)181 759 0985; Fax: +44 (0)181 759 0986; Contact: Ron Robinson.
    • Dangerous Goods Partnership, Unit 2, Fullwood Close, Aldermans Green Industrial Estate, Coventry CV1 2SS, UK. Tel: +44 (0)800 783 5796; Fax: +44 (0)1203 602 003; Contact: David Walsh; Email:trident@indigo.ie
    • Mega-Pak Ltd, Unit 12, Banbury Avenue, Slough Trading Estate, Slough SL1 4LH, UK. Tel: +44 (0)800 328 3378; Fax: +44 (0)800 328 3379; Contact: Keith Tomlin;www.mega-pak.com
  • United States Postal Service (USPS). Website:www.usps.com.


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