Section: Safety and Security Policy Number: 7-43 Policy Name: Hazardous Material Shipments/Transportation Date: April 30, 1997 Revisions: January 13, 2006; February 10, 2014
To assure all shipments of hazardous materials off-campus
are prepared in accordance with Department of Transportation
(DOT) Regulations, International Air Transportation Authority (IATA) and International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) and to minimize the exposure of all persons
to hazardous materials during their transport.
Hazardous Materials: Means a substance or material which has
been determined by the Secretary of Transportation to be
capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and
property when transported in commerce, and which has been so
designated. The term includes items such as samples, reagent
chemicals, infectious substances, and commercial products.
For specific details on types of hazardous materials, refer
to the Hazardous Material Shipment Procedures.
All hazardous materials, such as samples for
analysis or collaborative work, must be prepared
in accordance with the Hazardous Material Shipment
Procedures available from the Department of Environmental
Health and Safety.
All individuals involved in the shipment of hazardous
materials must obtain training commensurate with
their involvement and at a frequency indicated by
Individuals requesting shipments of materials off campus will be responsible for the expense
involved with the preparation and shipment of the
Exceptions to this policy must be addressed to the
Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
Under no circumstances can radioactive materials
and select agents be shipped from or to the University without prior
approval by the DEHS.
Unless otherwise stated in the Hazardous Material
Shipment Procedures, no hazardous material(s)
can be transported by a person. All shipments must
be sent via a certified shipping company.
Hazardous materials arriving at Central Receiving and
Delivery are subject to the following:
Packages received will be inspected but not opened
prior to entering the campus delivery system.
Damaged cartons will be held at the General Services
Building and DEHS will be notified. They will not
Ordering departments are responsible for noting
special handling requirements or requisitions to
assure proper procedures are taken upon receipt of
Ordering departments are responsible for notifying
Procurement Services of any discrepancies after the carton has
been opened by knowledgeable personnel in appropriate