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Exceptions for Category B Substances When Transported by Motor Vehicle as Materials of Trade (MOTs)

MOT packaging requirements:

  • Combination packaging
    • Inner packaging must be leakproof (liquids) or siftproof (solids)
    • Outer packaging must be strong, tight, secured against movement; absorbent (liquids)
  • Quantity limits
    • < 200 kg (440 lb) per motor vehicle

MOT labeling requirements

  • Use either Proper Shipping Name (Biological substance, Category B) or common name that identifies package content (e.g., blood, clinical specimen, human specimen)
  • If package contains blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM), OSHA requires the biohazard symbol on inner or outer packaging