Hazardous Materials Shipping

What are Hazardous Materials?

Hazardous materials are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property, or the environment, and are listed or classified in the regulations.

Hazardous materials include, but are not limited to, materials that are explosive, flammable, combustible, corrosive, reactive, oxidizing, toxic, radioactive, infectious biological materials, genetically modified materials, asphyxiating, elevated in temperature, or compressed, including aerosol cans.

To determine if a material is hazardous, refer to section 14 of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). For more information, please see the U.S. Department of Transportation’s detailed Hazardous Material Table.

Hazardous Materials Shipping Training Requirements

Hazardous materials shipments are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

UCI employees who ship hazardous materials must complete training on regulations, safety, and security awareness.

This includes anyone who:

  • Selects packaging for a shipment
  • Classifies hazard class
  • Fills packages
  • Marks and labels packages
  • Prepares shipping papers
  • Provides emergency response information

Hazardous Materials Shipping Export Control

Federal export laws and University requirements may apply to your international shipment depending on the item, destination, end-user, and end-use. To minimize risks of customs delays, seizure of goods, or inadvertent violation of federal export laws resulting in fines and criminal convictions, please submit a Shipment Review Form to the Export Control Office. This review will help determine whether an export license is required as well as any restricted party or sanctioned country screening. For additional information such as university requirements on shipping recordkeeping or to request an export control review, please see the Office of Research’s International Shipping website.

Training

Please follow the table below to take the required training based on the hazardous material type and shipping method.

Shipping Method

Hazardous Material Type

Biological Materials
Category A
Biological Materials
Category B
Hazardous
Chemicals
Radioactive
Materials
Dry
Ice
Air

Contact Biosafety at biosafety@uci.edu, for vendor course registration information.

Complete CDC Packing and Shipping Dangerous Goods course.

Review Hazardous Materials Shipping Security Awareness document.

Send training certificate to dkato@uci.edu, to receive credit for the course.

Contact Eric Hoang hoange1@uci.edu, for vendor course registration information.

Contact Radiation Safety at radsafety@uci.edu for assistance.

Register and complete the UCLC Dry Ice Shipping course.

Ground

Contact Biosafety at biosafety@uci.edu, for vendor course registration information.

Complete CDC Packing and Shipping Dangerous Goods course.

Review Hazardous Materials Shipping Security Awareness document.

Send training certificate to dkato@uci.edu, to receive credit for the course.

Complete DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations training course.

Send training certificate to dkato@uci.edu, to receive credit for the course.

Contact Radiation Safety at radsafety@uci.edu for assistance.

Register and complete the UCLC Dry Ice Shipping course.

packaging materials

Shipping Supplies

U-Line Grainger

fedex building

Package Drop Off Locations

Drop off hazardous material packages at a FedEx dangerous goods service location:

7000 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618

1650 Sunflower Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626