(a) Commencing July 1, 2000, every person licensed pursuant to this division who collects human biological specimens for clinical testing or examination, shall secure, or ensure that his or her employees, agents, or contractors secure, those specimens in a locked container when those specimens are placed in a public location outside of the custodial control of the licensee, or his or her employees, agents, or contractors.
(b) Containers used for human biological specimens put into
use on or after January 1, 2001, shall be marked Caution: Biohazardous Material - Please Do Not Touch or Handle, or words of similar meaning.
(c) This section shall not apply where the biological specimens have been placed in the mail in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
(d) The licensing board having jurisdiction of the licensee may impose appropriate sanctions for violations of this section, including, if otherwise authorized by the licensing act, the imposition of a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(e) As used in this section, locked container means a secure container that is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device.