4.8 Transporting Biological Materials
4.8.1 Moving Biohazardous Materials from One Work Area to Another
Transport outside of the laboratory but within the building – Place within a durable, leak-proof container, such as a plastic sterilite box plus lid; close lid and disinfect the outside container before removing from the room. Either the primary or the secondary container must be labeled with the biohazard symbol.
Transport outside the building – Seal the material in a primary tube/flask or other leak-proof container; place biohazard symbol on this container. Disinfect the container before placing in a durable, leak-proof, lidded secondary transport box or container. The secondary container will be disinfected and securely closed for transport.
For added safety, containers should be transported on a cart to further minimize spill hazards.
4.8.2 Transporting Biohazardous Waste to Autoclave Facilities
Waste must be securely closed and sprayed thoroughly with 70% ethanol.
Waste must be placed within a secondary container (e.g., Nalgene or stainless steel pan, plastic lidded tub, etc.) which is dedicated for this function and labeled with a Biohazard label.
Waste must be transported in secondary containers on a cart to autoclave facilities.