Shipping Hazardous Materials

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 / Micro-Organisms
      • Infectious Substances
      • Hazardous Chemicals
      • Radioactive Materials
      • Dry Ice


To Ship Infectious & Biological Substances (including Dry Ice) by Air

        Complete the mandatory DOT/IATA Training class in BioRaft for Shipping Infectious & Biological Substances (including Dry Ice) by Air. This training is required for air shipments of: Infectious Substances, Category A; Biological Substances, Category B; Exempt Human and Animal Specimens; Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs); Genetically Modified Microorganisms (GMMOs); and Dry Ice.

            • Training is required if you perform any of the following activities related to transportation of the above materials by Air:

                  • Classify the Materials being shipped (are they hazardous or not?).
                  • Prepare/assemble the package (lab personnel, clinicians, nurses, research coordinators, etc.).
                  • Mark and/or label the package (anyone who applies labels or puts any markings on the outside of the package).
                  • Prepare shipping paperwork (Administrative assistants, UBMs, etc.).
                  • Receives packages of any of the above materials (any UofL employee signing for package and/or opening packages).

              • Retraining is required every 3 years.



                      DEHS Shipment Request Form for Biological Samples

                      This form is to be completed by the PI or research individual prior to preparing a shipment of biological materials. A complete for is necessary for DEHS to assist in the preparation of the shipment. Not: Specific training is required by individuals shipping these materials. See - Transportation of 6.2 Materials by Air Training


                      To Ship Hazardous Chemicals

                      Hazardous chemicals include, but are not limited to:

                        • Explosives
                          • Flammables
                            • Gases
                              • Oxidizers & Organic Peroxides
                                • Toxic Substances
                                  • Corrosives
                                    • Dry Ice

                                      DEHS Shipping Request Form for Chemical Shipments (PDF)

                                      Contact the DEHS Hazardous Waste Coordinator for assistance.


                                      Additional Information:

                                      Personnel can view Federal regulatory requirements for shipping hazardous materials at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Hazardous Materials Information Center [on the web at ] or by phone 1-800-467-4922.

                                      Department of Environmental Health And Safety

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