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Transportation of diagnostic specimen

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 the World Health Organization, the Universal Postal Union, the International Civil Aviation Organization and 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 labeling requirements

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Refrigerants

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Local surface transport

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Transport planning

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Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Health and Safety Executive (1998)The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994. Approved list of Biological Agents, 3rd edn.(Further information at http://www.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 from http://www.who.int/emc)
  • World Health Organization (1993)Emergency safety measures in transport-associated accidents.In Laboratory Biosafety Manualpp52-54. 2nd edn.


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