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Shipping Hazardous Materials

For many hazardous materials, including chemicals, radioactive materials and biological agents, shipping is regulated domestically as “hazardous materials” by the U.S. Department of Transportation and internationally as “dangerous goods” by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA).  Even small amounts of chemicals may be regulated, such as samples preserved in solvents or alcohols.

Prior to the shipment date, EHS must be contacted to arrange the shipment.  Fill out the Hazardous Materials Shipment Request form completely and submit the request by pushing the “Submit to EHS” button on the bottom of the form.  Upon receiving the request, EHS ensures that the appropriate pre-shipment requirements are completed. 

These requirements include:

Proper identification and classification of the material

For example: Flammable liquids, toxic, n.o.s., 3, UN1992, PGI,(acetonitrile,methanol)
Choosing appropriate, certified packaging
Completing the required shipping documents
Affixing the appropriate, required labels/markings
Arranging for qualified shipping company

For More Information

Contact Steve Elwood at 258-6271 with any questions related to shipping hazardous materials.

For radioactive materials, see also Shipping Radioactive Materials

For biological materials, see also Shipping Biohazardous Materials  


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