Triple packaging is recommended for the surface transport of all specimens/substances through public space by foot or trolley. The minimum requirement is double packaging and then only after a formal documented risk assessment has taken place, taking into consideration the boundaries of the relevant health facility campus and the registered address of the approved pathology laboratory.
Specimens in racks should not be transported in public areas (lifts, corridors, etc) unless the specimens are protected by outer packaging.
A double-packed specimen within a pneumatic tube canister meets the requirements of triple packaging.
Table A3.1 Examples of containers and packaging for double packaging surface transport of specimens
|Primary receptacle||Blood tube|
Histology specimen container
|Secondary packaging of appropriate shape, leakproof and of sufficient volume to contain a spill||Clean bottle with screw lid|
Snap-lock plastic bag
Trolley or rack of appropriate shape
|Recommended but optional - Outer packaging||Cardboard box, supported polystyrene box, dispatch satchel, plastic box|
|Recommended but optional - Absorbent material||Cotton wool, shredded newspaper|
Vernagel (not for formalin)
Combine dressing (for formalin)
|Recommended but optional - Cushioning material||Cotton wool, shredded paper|