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Transport of Biohazardous Material

The DOT Hazardous Material Regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-180) regulates the movement of Division 6.2 Infectious Substances when a commercial carrier is used. This is covered in Appendix B: Shipment of Infectious Substances. Transport refers to movement of Clemson material by Clemson personnel (faculty, staff or students) in a vehicle or hand carry between buildings.

Substances that meet the DOT definition of infectious (see Appendix B) and that are being transported in a vehicle, must be packaged per DOT regulations by a person certified to ship infectious substances. Pay particular attention to the exemptions in Appendix B; most substances requiring transport at Clemson are exempt from the DOT definition of infectious.

Substances not meeting the DOT definition of infectious, but requiring BL-2 (or higher) containment or covered by Clemson’s definition of biohazardous (see Chapter 9 of this Manual) must be packaged as follows for transport either by vehicle or hand carry: Place material in a primary (specimen) container that is leak-proof and secured with a tight-fitting cap; place absorbent material (diapers, absorbent towels, pads) around the primary containers for transport of liquids; place the primary container(s) in a secondary transport container that is also sealed and labeled with a biohazard symbol.


Clemson encourages the use of university-owned vehicles when transporting materials off campus. Accidents during movement of any of these materials can result in harm to persons and property. Release and spills of these materials may involve police and HAZMAT responders including clean-up and cost of recovery.

Under NO circumstances may public transportation be used for transport of Hazardous Materials.