Shipping Dangerous Goods US Department of Transportation (DOT) has established regulations for domestic transport (within the United States) of hazardous materials by rail, air, vessel (ships), and motor carrier (ground).  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has established guidelines exclusively for the transport of dangerous goods by air (both domestic and international). The DOT term “Hazardous Material” and IATA term “Dangerous Good” are used interchangeably by the University.

When shipping via air (international or domestic), you must use the IATA guidelines.  Each carrier may have special provisions that must be met before a package containing dangerous goods can be transported on an aircraft. In addition, when shipping internationally, some countries have specific requirements for dangerous goods. All of these are addressed in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Shipments with dangerous goods must be tendered in accordance with current IATA regulations for air transport. This is required regardless of the routing and whether the shipment ends up physically moving by air transportation, ground transportation, or a combination of these. Dangerous goods includes aerosol sprays, airbags, butane, car batteries, dry ice, fireworks, gasoline, jet fuel, lighters, lithium batteries, matches, nitrogen-refrigerated liquid, paint, chemicals such as solvents, oxidizers, reactives and corrosives and poisons, and more.  Furthermore, infectious substances affecting humans and infectious substances affecting animals are considered dangerous goods
If you are unsure whether your commodity meets the criteria for dangerous goods or which dangerous goods identification and classification applies to your shipment, contact Mike Blackard (257-7375).

Any faculty, staff, or student associated with the University who is involved in shipping hazardous goods is subject to these rules. While many of our laboratories are likely to be impacted, other units may be impacted and must be sensitive to common items that may meet the hazardous materials definition. For example, paint may be covered as a flammable liquid and aerosol spray cans as a compressed gas.

Initial Training

The University requires all faculty, staff and student who are involved in any aspect of shipping hazardous materials (e.g., packing, labeling, transporting, etc.) to attend an Initial DOT/IATA Training Course. This is a live on-campus training course conducted without charge by the Environmental Management Department (EMD) on a regular basis.  Contact Peggy Quisenberry (323-6280) to register for the course.

Refresher Certification*

At least every two years following the completion of the Initial Training course, it is required to complete on-line DOT/IATA Recertification to maintain the legal ability to ship dangerous goods.**

* This refresher certification can only be taken by individuals who have previously successfully completed the Initial Dangerous Goods Shipping classroom version of the DOT/IATA training.

** If recertification is not completed within two years of the Initial Training date, the classroom training must be retaken.


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