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Hazardous Materials Shipping

Hazardous material shipping is regulated by the Department of Transportation. Research Safety provides assistance and training to help University faculty, staff, and students comply with these regulations.

Contact Sponsored Research when proprietary materials are transferred in or out of Northwestern.

Shipping Regulations

The following agencies or regulations govern the shipment of hazardous materials:

Department of Transportation (USDOT)5

  • The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration under the USDOT establish the Hazardous Materials Regulations which govern transport of hazardous materials via highway, rail, vessel, or air. These regulations cover the classification, packaging, hazard communication, emergency response, and training requirements for hazardous materials shipments.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

  • ​IATA established the Dangerous Goods Regulations for safe shipment of dangerous goods by air.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

  • ICAO is a United Nations body, which maintains the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

Public Health Service (USPHS)

  • The import of etiologic agents is governed by the USPHS 42 Code of Federal Regulations – Part 71 Foreign Quarantine. Part 71.54 Etiologic agents, hosts, and vectors. For information about import permits, please visit the Import Permit Program (IPP) on the Center for Disease Control website.