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Shipping Hazardous Materials

by schmidy last modified Apr 29, 2013 11:06 AM

Federal and international laws require that anyone who transports, offers advice for transport, or prepares hazardous materials for transport must be trained.

Faculty, staff and students involved in shipping hazardous materials must be trained or work with someone who has completed hazardous materials shipping training. Generally, training is required every two years.

Hazardous materials include biological materials, diagnostic specimens, genetically modified organisms or micro-organisms, infectious substances, hazardous chemicals, radioactive materials and dry ice.

To Ship Biological Agents


Complete the required SAF-T-PAK training.

Additional permits may be required to ship materials domestically or internationally. Contact the Biological Safety Program at 852-6670 or by email for more information. For information on materials requiring additional permits, see Additional Resources for Shipping Biological Agents.

To Ship Hazardous Chemicals

Including, but not limited to:

  • Explosives
  • Flammables
  • Gases
  • Oxidizers & organic peroxides
  • Toxic substances
  • Corrosives
  • Dry Ice

Contact the DEHS Hazardous Waste Coordinator.

Allow a minimum of two weeks for DEHS assistance with your shipment.

Required Training

Shipping Class 6.2 Dangerous Goods, Biological substances & Dry Ice

DEHS offers online DOT/IATA shipping training through SAF-T-PAK.  Employees shipping/receiving hazardous materials for may request to take SAF-T-PAK training once every two years.  The training can be completed in approximately 3 hours and the certificate of completion is valid for 2 years. 

To request SAF-T-PAK online training, please contact the Biological Safety Program at 852-6670 or by email.


Additional Training (optional)

Department of Transportation Shipping Security Training is available free online.

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