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Laboratory Training and Workshops

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Available Training Opportunities

Infectious Substance Packing and Shipping Training

TDH Packing & Shipping Division 6.2 & 9 Infectious Substances Training  (Live-Virtual)

Delivered by TDH Laboratory Training and supported by CDC Laboratory Training


This two-day course is appropriate for those responsible for packing, marking, labeling and documentation of shipments for the transportation of Division 6.2 infectious substance and dry ice. This training satisfies a portion of the requirements of the Department of Transportation (DOT), United States Postal Services (USPS), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Air Transportation Association (IATA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, each facility is responsible for assuring that appropriate packing instructions are adhered to as required by federal law and air transport standards. Participants will mark, label, package and complete documentation for a variety of infectious substances shipments (Category A, Category B, Exempt Patient Specimens) through several facilitated, hands-on learning activities. An examination and practical exercises will be provided to participants to demonstrate competency.


This basic level course is appropriate for public health and clinical laboratory staff involved in any step of the packing or transportation process of Division 6.2infectious substances (e.g., patient specimens or cultures)and dry ice.

Workshop Dates/Times (all times Central)

   Please note:  Participants must attend both dates and successfully complete the examination in order to receive credit for this course. 

-  September 23 (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) & September 24 (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) - Brochure

-  October 12 (12:00 pm - 4:00 pm) & October 13 (12:00 pm -  4:15pm) - Brochure

-  Additional dates/sessions will be listed once available.


Registration, Attendance and Examination will be facilitated through CDC TRAIN.  Click on the course brochure for more information.  Admission preference will be given to laboratory staff who pack and ship infectious substances working in Tennessee laboratories.

Continuing Education

This course is approved for 7.5 hours of P.A.C.E.® credit.  

The Safe Transport of Division 6.2 Infectious Substances, Biological Specimens, Dry Ice & Related Materials -  (Live-Virtual)

Delivered by Saf-T-Pak and supported by the Association of Public Health Laboratories


Participants in Saf-T-Pak’s one-day virtual seminars receive the comprehensive Saf-T-Pak Training Reference Manual and take part in hands-on exercises to correctly pack, mark, label and document a shipment using actual UN-specification packaging. The training meets the requirements outlined by IATA, ICAO and US DOT 49 CFR regulations.


This virtual seminar is designed for laboratorians who package, ship and transport Division 6.2 hazardous materials.  Admission preference will be given to those working in TN Sentinel Laboratories who pack and ship infectious materials.

Workshop Dates

Please refer to the course listing to see scheduled dates/times.

Workshop Flyers

9 am - 4 pm (EST) Course Flyer

11 am - 6 pm (EST) Course Flyer    

Workshop Registration

Please complete the online registration form to register for this workshop.  Please note:  There are a limited number of seats available.  Seats will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Continuing Education

Participants who successfully complete this program will be awarded 5.5 of P.A.C.E.® credit.  


 Packing and Shipping Dangerous Goods:  What the Laboratory Staff Must Know (CDC Lab Training)  - Recently Updated!


Rule Out or Refer:  Biothreat Preparedness Workshop


This all-day,  intermediate-level workshop focuses on practical methods that clinical microbiology laboratories can use to remain alert for the agents of bioterrorism. Participants will learn about surveillance and evaluation procedures that can be integrated into the routine work of the clinical microbiology lab.  Procedures for the referral of suspect cases will also be discussed. In this hands-on course, following appropriate safety precautions, participants will examine actual cultures and organisms in a laboratory setting.


By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

• Discuss the role of the clinical lab in discovering organisms targeted for use in acts of bioterrorism.

• Explain the safety implications of handling suspected organisms in clinical specimens and isolates.

• Describe the clinical and laboratory features of the primary agents likely to be involved in a bioterrorist event, including anthrax, plague, botulism, tularemia, brucellosis, melioidosis and glanders.

• Recognize culture, staining and biochemical characteristics of bioterrorist organisms.

• Apply information presented in clinical scenarios in order to avoid identification pitfalls.

• Introduction to select agent regulations and their impact on clinical laboratories.


Medical Laboratory Scientists and Medical Laboratory Technicians working in microbiology laboratories in Tennessee.  Limited seats available for each date.  Acceptance may be limited to a maximum of 1-2 persons per facility, 

Application does not guarantee acceptance. Participants will be selected according to the applicants’ job description, experience and responsibilities.

Workshop Dates:

Workshop Location:      Nashville, TN (Live/In-Person)

Workshop Flyer 

REGISTRATION:   To apply for this workshop, click on the date listed above to complete the online application. 

  • Please only submit one application per person.   If  you have previously registered and need to change/cancel your registration, or if you have questions related to this workshop,  please contact TDH Laboratory Training (

Continuing Education for Laboratorians

The links to continuing education opportunities listed here are representative of a wide variety of offerings now available on the Internet. The TDH Division of Laboratory Services is underwrite the use of any of these sites. You will find that some are very easy to use and free, while others are hard to use and may have a charge attached. As with any use of the Internet, caution should be used in all activities. The links in this list are all active as of 07/16/2019.