Specimen Packaging and Transportation

Transportation of Laboratory Specimens to the Laboratory from another Site

The transport of laboratory specimens is regulated by the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations (TDG). This legislation requires packaging that will protect specimens during transport and prevent contact with the public and the environment.

All specimens must be packaged carefully to avoid breakage or leakage of the specimen.

Ensure all container lids are tightly secured before packaging.

Ensure specimens are labeled according. Refer to Acceptance of Laboratory Samples and Test Requests Policy and Appendix A for information about the required information on specimen labels.

Transport blood tubes, urine containers, etc. containing liquid in an upright position whenever possible. Always transport the specimen transport box (STB) in an upright position.

Additional Specimen transport resources are available for the zones listed below.

Public Health

Transport of Diagnostic Specimens and Infectious Substances
Transport Media

Central Zone

Specimen Packaging Clinic
Microbiology Specimen Storage and Transport

Calgary Zone

Calgary Specimen Transport
Specimen Packaging Instructions OP7011a Calgary
Specimen Tracking & Transportation: Bronchoscopy Specimen Packaging Instructions REG5286 Calgary
Flow Cytometry Shipping and Handling Information

South Zone

Sample Transport Packaging Job Aid