PACKING INSTRUCTION - 650 SUMMARY
CATEGORY B INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCES
The primary receptacle(s) must be leakproof and must not contain more than 1liter. The secondary packaging must be leakproof. For solid substances, the primary receptacle(s) and secondary packaging must be siftproof. [Also, the primary receptacle must not exceed the outer packaging weight limit.] If multiple fragile primary receptacles are placed in a single secondary packaging, they must be either individually wrapped or separated to prevent contact between them. Absorbent material must be placed between the primary receptacle and the secondary packaging. The absorbent material must be in sufficient quantity to absorb the entire contents of the primary receptacle(s).
An itemized list of contents must be enclosed between the secondary packaging and the outer packaging.
The outer packaging must not contain more than 4L for liquids or 4kg for solids when shipped by aircraft. These quantities exclude ice, dry ice or liquid nitrogen when used to keep the specimens cold. Packages that exceed 4kg or 4L must be shipped by ground transportation or the material must be divided into two or more packages to bring the amount under the 4L or 4kg per package quantity limit.
Primary containers cannot exceel 1 liter for liquids.
Labeling Outer Package
Name and address of the shipper and recipient.Name and telephone number of a person responsible must be provided on the air waybill or on the package.A DOT- approved "UN 3373" label must be displayed on a background of a contrasting color and clearly visible and legible.Statement "Biological Substance, Category B" correctly sized must be adjacent to UN 3373 label.
Orientation arrows are required to be placed on two opposite sides of a package containing liquid dangerous goods. Orientation arrows are only required for infectious substances if the primary container exceeds 50 mL.
Completing the Airbill
Name and address of the shipper and recipient.Name and telephone number of a person responsible must be provided on the air waybill or on the package. (A person who is knowledgeable about the material being shipped.) The "Nature and Quantity of Goods" box should show "UN 3373" and the text "BIOLOGICAL SUBSTANCE, CATEGORY B" and quantity.
Shipper's signature (optional)
||A Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods is not required.
Packaging must be of good quality. Each primary and secondary receptacle must be able to withstand an internal pressure of 95 kPa in a temperature range of minus 40 degrees F to 130 degrees F. The completed package must be capable of successfully passing the drop test at a height of 1.2 meters.
At least one surface of the outer packaging must have a minimum dimension of 100 mm x 100 mm (4 inches x 4 inches) .
A quantity of 30 mL or less of dangerous goods in Classes 3, 8 or 9 is permitted in each primary receptacle containing infectious substances when used to maintain viability and stabilize or prevent degradation of the infectious substances. (e.g., preservatives like formalin or alcohol) The limit for the entire package is 1liter. This small quantity does not need to be labeled or documented.