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Hazardous Materials Shipping

To ship any hazardous materials from a Texas A&M Health Science Center campus use the eShipGlobal webpage.

A hazardous material, also referred to as a dangerous good, is defined as any substance or material capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety and property when transported in commerce. Examples of these materials at the Texas A&M Health Science Center include, but are not limited to:

  • Infectious substances
  • Laboratory specimens
  • Dry ice
  • Various chemicals that are flammable, toxic, oxidizing, explosive, and/or corrosive
  • Equipment containing hazardous materials (lithium batteries, petroleum product)
  • Radioactive materials
  • Compressed gas cylinders

Anyone who offers hazardous materials for shipment must have the appropriate Department of Transportation (DOT) training as required by 49 CFR 172.700. Additional training is required under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for those offering hazardous materials for air transport.

Determining if materials are hazardous

Does your shipment include a hazardous material?

  • Is it listed in the Hazardous Material Table in 49 CFR 172.101?
  • Does it meet the description for any of the following classes?


What training is required?

  • Training is required for those who package, label, assist with paperwork, and/or offer for shipment any hazardous material.
  • EHS provides the following training courses:
    • Hazardous Materials Shipping – Required for shipping or receiving materials that may include, but not limited to, chemicals which are explosive, flammable, poisonous, oxidizer, organic peroxides, corrosive, radioactive, a marine pollutant, or harmful to the environment.
    • Shipping Infectious Substances – Required for shipping or receiving Class 6.2 materials. Use the Flowchart to determine if your materials may be classified as an infectious substance. Note, this training will also cover shipping of infectious substances with Dry Ice.
    • Shipping Dry Ice – Required for any individual who ships materials which are exempt from the Hazardous Material Regulations or Infectious Substance Regulations with Dry Ice. Examples when this training is required including shipping or receiving exempt human specimen on dry ice or exempt animal specimen on dry ice.

Packaging and shipping

Resources to properly package the material and prepare shipping papers:

Emergency response

EHS maintains a contract with CHEMTREC to provide 24 hour emergency response as required to be listed, along with the contract number, on the shipping papers. Contact your campus EHS representative for the phone number, contract number and to verify CHEMTREC has the required SDS for the material you are shipping.

Record keeping

All shipping papers from the shipment of a hazardous material must be retained for two years after the material is accepted by the carrier.

Last edited by: schnettler 09/28/2017