UN 3373 Packaging suitable for Category B, Biological Substances
We have a range of UN packaging solutions for Class 6.2 Infectious Substances within Category B (goods classified under UN3373 Biological Substance, Category B), which must be packed under packing instruction 650 – found within IATA, ADR & IMDG dangerous goods regulations.
Our Biological Substance packaging range from a streamline postal pack to our larger BioShipper 2 which can carry up to 2 x cryovial boxes or a multitude of single primary containers wrapped in absorbent cushioning and includes complete combination packaging.
Our Cat B packaging is suitable for shipping COVID 19/Coronavirus specimens.
It is also suitable for shipping infectious substances containing monkeypox virus (except for cultures of monkeypox virus) via road under UN3373, 1.5.1 ADR.
Temperature Controlled UN3373 Packaging
Need to ship substances in a temperature controlled environment? Additional high-performance secondary packaging and accessories are also available including Thermal Control Packaging.
Our Class A Infectious Substance product range includes rigid inners and is also suitable for shipping Class B infectious substances.
When shipping UN3373 Category B biological substances, packaging must display the relevant hazard labels for Class 6.2. biological substance.
If you are unsure on the correct packaging for your UN3373 biological substance or how to correctly assemble your UN3373 Category B packaging please get in touch.
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What is a Category B Biological Substance?
Category A infectious substances when exposure occurs, is capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals. Category B Biological Substances are infectious substances which do not meet the criteria for inclusion in Category.
Generally, these Category B Biological Substances pose a lower risk to humans and animals than Category A Infectious Substances
However, they are still potentially harmful and will need to be transported in a way that ensures the safety of anyone who comes into contact with them.
How to Package UN3373 Category B Substances?
Due to the nature of Category B substances, there is much legislation around the transport and packaging of these items.
When packaging UN3373 Category B Substances, you will need to use a three layer approach:
- A leak-proof Primary Receptacle: Liquids, need to be packaged with sufficient absorbent material to absorb all fluids in the case of a broken container.
- A leak-proof Secondary Packaging:
- Outer Packaging: The secondary packaging is placed within the capable outer packaging. This is to protect Category B biological substances from physical damage throughout transportation.
As well as the correct packaging options above, there are strict guidelines on how to label UN3373 packaging:
- Proper Shipping Name
- Appropriate UN Number
- Appropriate Hazard Label
If you need more information on packaging options and correct labelling, get in touch with our team today.
What Are The Category B UN Numbers?
Category B Biological Substances usually fall into two UN number categories. These are:
UN3373 – Biological Substance
Biological Substance Category B consists of “infectious substance[s] which does not meet the criteria for inclusion in Category A”. This can include:
- Tissues and Fluids
UN3291 – Medical or clinical waste
UN3291 includes biomedical waste, medical waste or clinical waste or regulated medical waste containing Category B infectious Substances.
Such substances classed as UN 3291 Category B medical or clinical waste, require a rigid Outer packaging – for example – Drums, Jerricans & Boxes, meeting Packing Group II performance standards.
Is a Shipper’s Declaration Required for Category B?
A shipper’s declaration is not required for Category B Biological Substances.
However, the packaging must be labelled correctly to ensure safe transport.