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Transporting Category A Infectious Substances by Motor Vehicle

If a Category A infectious substance is transported by motor vehicle, a shipper's declaration form is required. There is no specific form or coloring that is required, but this information must be included:
  • A basic description of the material that includes in this order (an easy way to remember the order is to use the acronym, ISHP)
    • Identification/UN number
    • Proper Shipping name
    • Hazard class or division
    • Packing group, if applicable
  • Number of packages that are included
  • Total quantity (by mass or volume)
  • Emergency response phone number, including area code
  • Additional information, if needed
  • Shipper's certification statement, if applicable
Unless the driver is an employee of your facility, you must include a shipper's certification statement. This statement must be signed by the shipper or an employee of the shipper. Here is an example of a shipper's certification statement, provided by the Department of Transportation (DOT):
"This is to certify that the above named materials are properly classified, described, packaged, marked and labeled, and are in proper condition for transportation according to the applicable regulations of the Department of Transportation."