Every day thousands of packages are shipped around the world. If you’ve ever taken one to the post office or other shipping agency, you’re familiar with the standard drill, “…is there anything hazardous or potentially hazardous…” recited by every counter employee. And, if you’ve ever had medical tests, you know blood and other bodily fluids are shipped to testing facilities and could pose health risks if they’re not shipped and handled properly. It’s critical for medical samples to arrive as quickly as possible without worry of contamination. Safeguarding the integrity of the samples can be accomplished with appropriate employee training and testing of shipping materials.
The most important aspect of safe shipping is employee training. Employees have to know up-to-date procedures for shipping medical supplies and other potentially dangerous materials. For example, employees must know specifications for what type of containers are permissible and transporting must be in accordance with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Training is also regulated under this same CFR code and must be activated on initial hiring and again every three years.
Proof is in the Packaging
After training, packaging must be of the highest standards set for what types of materials are safe to use in hazardous and medical package manufacture. To ensure packaging meets regulations, test companies use equipment specifically designed for the job. All packaging products used for shipping medical and/or hazardous materials are required to undergo thorough testing. Factors, such as susceptibility to leaking, strength of sealing tape, and lifespan of materials used for actual package construction are put through various testing conditions and then verified if criteria are met.
No one wants to be that one person whose medical condition has been compromised because something happened in the shipping process causing skewed results. Nor does anyone want to be on the receiving end of hazardous substance leaks. To protect your customers and your shipping business, testing and training aren’t optional, they’re an essential business acumen. In addition to certifying package standards and safety, reputable testing companies also provide training for employees according to CFR standards. You can obtain additional information on qualifications and learn more here at www.ten-e.com/training.