Hazardous Materials Shipping

The shipment of hazardous materials (see the general Transportation Hazard Classes listed below), whether by ground or air, domestic or international, is a highly regulated activity that requires specific procedures and training. The most common activities that require the shipment of hazardous materials at the University include the shipment of research samples to other research institutions, or diagnostic/clinical samples to a laboratory for testing. Some examples of hazardous materials include items such as:

  • Laboratory chemicals (including research samples)
  • Biological materials
  • Dry ice
  • Diagnostic or clinical samples
  • Radioactive or biological materials
  • Equipment or instruments that contain hazardous materials such as a lithium battery or compressed gas cylinder

Transportation Hazard Classes

Class 1 Explosives
Class 2 Compressed Gas
Class 3 Flammable Liquids
Class 4 Flammable Solids
Class 5 Oxidizers
Class 6 Toxic Materials & Infectious Agents
Class 7 Radioactive Materials
Class 8 Corrosives
Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

DEHS can assist either by performing the shipment (service is free of charge—department only pays for the supplies and shipping costs), or if routine shipments are necessary, UHS can provide the proper training to ensure all applicable requirements are met. To request shipping services from DEHS, complete and submit either the Domestic Shipping Request Form or the International Shipping Request Form. Once the form has been submitted, UHS will contact you to coordinate a time to schedule the shipment.

If you have questions regarding the shipment of hazardous materials, please contact DEHS at (612) 626-1604 or hazwaste@umn.edu.