The shipment of frozen samples on dry ice requires special packaging and labeling.
When shipping laboratory samples on dry ice the following criteria must be followed:
1. The specimen must be in a sealed biohazard bag or container with enough absorbent material to soak up the entire sample if breakage or leakage occurs.
2. Keep the specimen frozen (-60°C or -20°C, on the specimen) until ready to package and ship.
3. Obtain dry ice by calling the UCL courier. Tell the courier the specific quantity (in kilogram) of dry ice needed, when it is needed and the UCL site location for delivery.
4. Place the specimen and dry ice in a Styrofoam box.
5. The styrofoam box containing the specimen and dry ice must be placed in a cardboard box.
6. Place the shipping label inside the transparent, self-adhesive envelope attached to the cardboard box.
7. A “Dry Ice” Haz Mat self-adhesive label must be attached to the box, so as not to obstruct any of the shipping label information.
8. The Haz Mat label must contain the Shipper (sender) demographic information, Consignee (recipient) demographic information and weight of the dry ice in Kgs (2 lbs = 1 Kg).
1. Federal Express
i. October 2002 R. Maiers
April 2010 G. Miller (Revised: II.2-4.added)
May 2011 J. Heiar (Revised: II.1-3.)