Shipping hazardous materials (HM - also known as "Dangerous Goods" (DG)) is regulated by several governmental and non-governmental organizations. In the context of these rules, shipping includes mailing, shipping via a commercial carrier and even carrying items with you on an airplane. A dangerous good may be a hazardous chemical, but it also includes certain batteries/equipment with batteries, biological materials, radioactive materials, gas powered equipment, lab equipment that has been used with hazardous materials, and the list goes on and on. (See Introduction to Hazardous Materials Shipments). There are also many items that can be overlooked as dangerous, referred to as Hidden Dangerous Goods. Failure to properly ship what the Department of Transportation considers as hazardous material and IATA considers a dangerous good carries severe penalties and could result in a roadway or airline accident, leading to environmental damage and possibly death. For this reason, those making hazardous materials or dangerous goods shipments must receive the required, proper training.
DRI dangerous goods shippers can take online training at DOT/IATA Dangerous Goods Shipper Training. After completing the online portion, a practical demonstration (through DRI EH&S or the shipping consultant) is required for the first shipment made. If you would like to ship dangerous goods, have completed the online training, and require assistance, please fill out the shipping request form in the link below.
- DRI Hazardous Material/Dangerous Goods Shipping Request Form (Internal Use Only)
- DRI Hazardous Material/Dangerous Goods Shipping Request Form Instructions
The DRI EH&S Department thanks Andy Glode, University of New Hampshire OEHS and Matt Finucane, University of Pennsylvania EHRS for use of the hazardous materials/dangerous goods information posted to their respective websites, which served as the basis for the development of much of the shipping information posted below.
Hazardous Materials (Dangerous Goods) Shipping Guidelines
Note: Currently all DRI shipments of Dangerous Goods must be sent via FedEx Air.
- Summary of Laws for International Shipping (for general guidance only - see agency web sites for updated information)
- Introduction to Hazardous Materials Shipments (Definitions and Regulations)
- Instructions for Hazardous Materials Shipments Training
- Guidelines for Shipping Items that are Not Dangerous Goods on Dry Ice
- Instructions for Chemical Hazardous Materials Shipments
- Guidelines for Shipping Excepted Quantities of Corrosives by Air (IATA)
- Guidelines for Shipping Excepted Quantities of Flammables by Air (IATA)
- Guidelines for Shipping Excepted Quantities of Formaldehyde Solutions by Air (IATA)
- Guideline to Small Quantity Exceptions (DOT)
- Classifying a Biological Shipment
- Radioactive Materials Shipments - Managed by the UNR Radiation & Laser Safety Officer, whose contact information can be found under "Program Contacts" on the UNR Radiation Safety Page
Shipping Batteries/Equipment Containing Batteries
- Packaging Guidelines for Battery Shipments (FedEx)
- Shipping Lithium Batteries (FedEx) - Click on Lithium Batteries tab
- Lithium Battery Overview (FedEx)
Carrier/Agency-Provided Guidelines and Links
- Basic DG Shipping Instructions (FedEx)
- 2015 Transportation by Air DG Aid (FedEx)
- DRY Ice (FedEx)
- Do You Know if You are Shipping Hazardous Materials? (DoT)
- Checklist for non-radioactive dangerous goods shipments (IATA)
- Checklist for dry ice-only packages (IATA)
- Hidden Dangerous Goods (IATA)
- Hidden Dangerous Goods (DHL)
- How to Comply with Federal Hazardous Materials Regs (FMCSA)