Biosafety 205

Hazardous Materials Shipping - Infectious and Biological Substances (Bio HazMat Shipping)

The Office of Biological Safety (OBS) provides a training program for shipping infectious substances and other biological materials with an emphasis on laboratories and research groups. This concentrated infectious & biological hazardous materials shipping training is offered as a service only to University of Wisconsin System and Campus employees, staff, faculty and students

Among the topics covered are: Federal regulatory definitions of infectious substances, patient specimens and biological products; use of the Dangerous Goods Table to locate proper shipping instructions; requirements for shipping biologicals with dry ice; proper packaging; and correct completion of the shipping documentation.

This course is required for INITIAL training certification as a hazardous materials shipper of biological and infectious substances.

Format: Self-register at any time using Learn@UW

Prerequisite: None

Renewal: Every two years


  • For training certificate and renewal details, please see the HazMat Shipping and Transportation page.
  • Any Hazardous Materials Shipping Training program (here at OBS or through an external agency) provides compliant materials and information which are adequate for hazmat shipping certification. The training program will issue documentation to confirm training has been completed; this documentation must be supported by your employer's consent that you are a certified hazmat shipping employee.
  • Federal law requires training in the regulations so your employer can certify you to ship hazmat. You and your employing department or laboratory group may choose training outside of UW.   For more information go to the US DOT HazMat Transportation Regulations webpage.