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Hazardous Material Shipping Program

Shipping of hazardous materials is serious business. The U.S. Dept of Transportation (DOT) has set strict standards for these shipments in terms of training, proper paperwork, labels, placards and packaging. It is a challenge for occasional shippers to do this right. United Parcel Service (UPS) had so many problems that it now requires anyone using them for shipping hazardous materials to be registered and use certified software to assure compliance.

If you ship hazardous materials regularly, you should attend one of our regular training sessions to get the appropriate training.

University personnel periodically need to ship hazardous materials of various types (see the HazMat Chart below) to colleagues at other Universities or to outlying research locations. Even more commonly, you might need to return hazardous materials because of ordering glitches.

To make this work smoothly and keep you and the University free of legal liability, U Stores and DEHS have registered with UPS and put a system in place for shipping hazardous materials off-campus.Fill out the HazMat Transportation form ( Domestic or International) or call 612.626.1604 and fax it to HazMat Transport at 612.626. 1571. EHS specialists will review the information, follow up with questions, as needed. Then EHS or U Stores will collect it from your location and ship it to the Health Sciences Shipping Dock. There trained U Stores personnel will package and prepare the paperwork for proper shipment.

Be aware that compliance is not without its costs! Carriers typically add a surcharge for hazardous materials on top of their standard shipping fee. U Stores will charge for proper packaging, if needed, as well as for collection and handling. So, if you are returning materials for which you will receive a credit of less than $40, consider diverting the material to the University's Chemical Redistribution Program for no fee --there is a check box for this on the HazMat Transportation form.

DOT Hazardous Materials Classes

Class 1 - Explosives
Class 2 - Gases: Flammables, Non-flammables, Toxics
Class 3 - Flammable Liquids
Class 4 - Flammable Solids Spontaneously Combustibles Dangerous When Wet
Class 5 - Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
Class 6 - Toxic Materials and Infectious Substances
Class 7 - Radioactive Materials
Class 8 - Corrosive Materials
Class 9 - Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods
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