Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

Hazardous Materials Shipments

The shipment of hazardous materials must follow rigorous regulatory requirements.   If you are involved in the shipment of any hazardous materials or substances, you must receive training on the regulations and requirements prior to shipping each class or division of materials.  For instance, if you have been trained in the past two years on shipping dry ice (Class 9) that does not permit you to ship an explosive (Class 1).   Shippers of hazardous materials MUST BE BOTH TRAINED AND CERTIFIED.  You must complete training for each class or division prior to shipment.  

Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) apply to anyone who handles, offers for transport, transports hazardous materials, causes hazardous materials to be transported or performs any hazmat functions related to transport in commerce (49 CFR 171.1).   The US variations published in the ICAO technical instructions are also followed in 49 CFR 171.22.  

Any violation of hazardous material regulations may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $50,000 for each violation and in certain cases a criminal penalty of up to $500,000 and/or imprisonment for up to five years.   Penalties double when the violation results in a serious injury or death.    

Hazardous materials must be shipped utilizing a hazardous material shipper.  FedEx currently ships hazardous materials.  UPS and DHL require an agreement for hazardous material shipments. 

 


In order to assist with the shipment of hazardous materials, the Environmental Health & Safety office is providing the following guidance:

    Chemical Shipments – Class 1 (Explosives), 2 (Gases), 3 (Flammable Liquids), 4 (Flammable Solids), 5 (Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxides), 8 (Corrosives), and Class 6, Division 6.1 (Toxics)
    Please consult with Environmental Health & Safety to verify training and for assistance with the shipment.
    Dry Ice – Class 9
    Online training is available in the Knowledge Center for shipping dry ice (http://kc.uthscsa.edu ) and must be completed every two years or when significant changes occur to the regulations. The course is under Environmental Health & Safety, Course name:  Safety-Shipping Infectious Substances, Clinical Specimens, and Dry Ice. 


    Radioactive Materials – Class 7
    Please contact Environmental Health & Safety for all shipments involving radioactive materials.  The Environmental Health & Safety office will ship the materials for you.


    Shipping Infectious Substances & Diagnostic Specimens – Class 6, Division 6.2

  • Online training is available in the Knowledge Center for shipping infectious substances, diagnostic specimens, medical and clinical waste, exempt specimens, and genetically modified organisms (http://kc.uthscsa.edu ) and must be completed every two years or when significant changes occur to the regulations.  The course is under Environmental Health & Safety, Course name:  Safety-Shipping Infectious Substances, Clinical Specimens, and Dry Ice. 
  • Shipping handouts or guides to Category A and Category B shipments are available at: http://research.uthscsa.edu/safety/transport.shtml

This course is available through the Knowledge Center (http://kc.uthscsa.edu).  There is no charge for this course to you or your department. If you have questions, please contact EH&S at (210) 567-2955.

 

Shipping Handouts (pdf files):

  1.   Category A Infectious Substance with Dry Ice
  2.   Category A Infectious Substance without Dry Ice
  3.   Category B Biological Substance with Dry Ice
  4.   Category B Biological Substance without Dry Ice

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at (210) 567-2955.