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| Standard Number:||1910.1030(g)(1)(i)|
[I]f individual containers of blood or OPIM are placed in a larger container during storage, transport, shipment or disposal and that larger container is either labeled with the OSHA "Biohazard" label or color-coded, the individual containers are exempt from the labeling requirement.September 17, 2002) You should consult with the United States Department of Transportation to determine what it requires for the outside labeling of packages containing these human samples. An identifying label that is acknowledged by the DOT as being sufficient may be used in lieu of the OSHA "BIOHAZARD" label on the shipping container; however, any internal containers containing blood or OPIM would still be required to be labeled with the OSHA-mandated label or color coding. It should be noted that not all diagnostic specimens are included in OSHA's definitions of blood or OPIM (e.g., urine and feces are not considered OPIM unless they contain visible blood) and, therefore, OSHA's labeling requirements are not applicable to all diagnostic specimens.
OSHA will accept the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) "INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCE" label in lieu of the [OSHA] "BIOHAZARD" label on packages where the DOT requires its label on shipped containers, but will require the BIOHAZARD label where OSHA regulates a material but DOT does not. If the DOT-required label is the only label used on the outside of the transport container, the OSHA-mandated label must be applied to any internal containers containing blood or OPIM. The BIOHAZARD label is fluorescent orange with lettering and symbols in a contrasting color. (Letter to Mr. Jon Carter,
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