Dangerous Goods Shipping

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. 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 a 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 are required to complete online training and a practical demonstration before the first shipment is made. 

While the information and recommendations contained on the DRI EH&S web site have been compiled from sources believed to be reliable and is accurate to the best of our knowledge, the EH&S Department and the Desert Research Institute makes no guarantee as to, and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency, or completeness of such information or recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required depending on the situation/circumstances. For specific information regarding government regulations, please contact the official regulatory agency.

In addition, our pages contain links to many outside web pages. DRI EH&S is not responsible for the content of those sites. Links do not indicate endorsement, sponsorship, recommendation, or approval by DRI EH&S.

Our EH&S programs, policies and procedures are our own and they may or may not meet the approval of other authorities and regulatory agencies. While we make them freely available to the public by posting them, our material may not be used for the purpose of resale or profit. If you want to use our information verbatim, please send us an email telling how you will be using our materials and provide credit to DRI EH&S.

We also request that if you find broken links or any information posted on the DRI EH&S web pages you believe to be in error, that you let us know at EHS@DRI.EDU, so we can make the appropriate changes. 

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