About Us

Barry Johnston, Founder

Barry Johnston, founder of HighQ, has over 25 years of experience in the hazardous packaging and shipping industry. His knowledge in the area of biohazardous packaging and the corresponding regulations is extensive. Training clients include major esoteric, research and state labs as well as biotech companies, federal government (NIH, CDC, NCI), national lab and clinical trial groups, couriers and numerous colleges and universities. He has developed packaging and consulted companies and organizations in the pharmaceutical, clinical and diagnostic lab, biotechnology, device and chemical industries.

Barry’s experience in this field started in the late 1980′s in Hazardous Packaging as a product manager working with customers to develop hazardous packaging.   In 1995, when the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations for  infectious substances came into effect, he started a company which manufactured packaging for infectious and diagnostic specimens. In 2000 he further concentrated his efforts on training, package development and testing and started HighQ LLC and HighQ Testing LLC a US Department of Transportation Hazardous Packaging Laboratory.   He has lectured on the regulations and packaging at industry conferences such as CLMA, SWOG, TSA and DIA and in various trade magazines.

To keep current on these ever changing regulations, as well as industry practices and developments, Barry maintains contacts in the governmental agencies, carriers and packaging companies. As an independent instructor he is able to bring an unbiased perspective to his seminars. This gives him the unique freedom to advise his students on the best package for their needs, and also to instruct in all the carrier’s practices. He has been trained by the DOT and follows all the guidelines of 49CFR 172.700 (subpart H) and IATA and ICAO Section 1.5.   He is an original member of the Dangerous Goods Training Association (DGTA) and participated in DOT’s committee of expert’s forum and IATA’s infectious workshop concerning the shipping of specimens
  For any further questions or a list of references and clients,  please email HighQ at help@highqllc.com or call Barry at 724- 749- 4710 x 3.

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271 S. Pleasant St
Oberlin, OH 44074

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Client Testimonial

In case I failed to mention, we had a surprise visit by the DOT a little while back. They were very impressed with the content of your training material. We were very pleased as well.
Thank you.

Training Supervisor
National Genetics Institute