Hazardous Materials Shipping

The transport of hazardous materials is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the International Civil Aviation Organization. An additional regulatory body formed by the airlines is called the International Air Transport Association (IATA); any shipments traveling by air must comply with the IATA Technical Instructions. All University transportation (including shipping) of hazardous materials off University owned property is subject to DOT enforcement.

EHS provides training on shipping hazardous materials in compliance with these regulations. The following materials are regulated as hazardous materials for transportation:

  • Alcohol solutions
  • Compressed gases
  • Corrosives
  • Dry Ice (air shipments only)
  • Explosives
  • Flammable liquids and solids
  • Formaldehyde - solutions between 0.1% and 25% (air shipments only)
  • Infectious substances (animals and humans only)
  • Oxidizers
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive materials

All shipments of hazardous materials from the University must be prepared by a trained individual(s). Anyone who classifies, packages, marks, or labels hazardous materials for shipment must be a trained within the last two years and according to current regulations. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator or laboratory supervisor to ensure any employee working under their supervision who ships or prepare shipments of hazardous materials have received the proper training.

Receipt of hazardous materials does not require training. 

For more information, please refer to the SRS webpage Shipping by Contract Courier. Contact the Hazardous Materials Manager to arrange for training.