This intent of this policy is to outline the common considerations and basic requirements which must be met in order to safely and legally transport, or offer for shipment, any materials that may pose a risk to safety, health, property or the environment. This applies to all modes of transportation both domestically and internationally and includes any materials that may be categorized as dangerous goods, hazardous materials, hazardous substances or hazardous wastes by governmental agencies or authorities including: United States Department of Transportation (DOT), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA) or any similar authority with recognized jurisdiction over such regulated materials.
Ordinary delivery or transportation methods such as the US Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service (UPS) or personal vehicles cannot normally be utilized for the shipment of hazardous materials. Additionally, it is important to remember that hazardous materials should not be or offered for shipment or transported by University personnel whenever this can be avoided. Acceptable alternatives such as purchasing supplies at field site locations or arranging for direct delivery of new stock to the intended location will generally be less troublesome and much more cost-effective. Preparation for and procurement of packaging materials for these materials can take from a few hours to several weeks so, when these shipments must occur, as much advanced notice should be given to the authorized shipper as is possible.
Penalties for failure to comply with these regulations can be severe. There has been increased scrutiny of hazardous material movements by state and federal agencies as well as continually vigilant surveillance and auditing programs. Several universities have been cited and fined for failure to comply with the requirements of these rules.
Shipment or Transportation of Hazardous Materials Offered in Commerce
Shipment or Transportation of Hazardous Materials not Offered in Commerce