Shipping of hazardous chemical and biological materials is serious business. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has strict standards for these shipments in terms of training, paperwork, labels, placards and packaging. Non-compliance with these standards is subject to fines up $80,000 per violation, and in some cases, imprisonment. It is a challenge for occasional shippers to do this right. It is not uncommon to have shipments returned by transport companies who scrutinize shipments very closely.
EH&S has created training that can help all researchers ensure their hazardous materials shipments get to their final destination safely.
SHIPPING INFECTIOUS AND BIOLOGICAL SUBSTANCES
The Office of Biological Safety (OBS) provides a training program for shipping infectious substances and other biological materials with an emphasis on laboratories and research groups. Among the topics covered are: Federal regulatory definitions of infectious substances, patient specimens and biological products; use of the Dangerous Goods Table to locate proper shipping instructions; requirements for shipping biologicals with dry ice; proper packaging; and correct completion of the shipping documentation.
Register Here: https://canvas.wisc.edu/enroll/AJPKFR
Renewal: Every two years
SHIPPING HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS
This in-person course teaches you how to properly prepare chemical shipments and how to load and unload chemical shipments. All employees that perform shipping must be trained on how to identify, mark/label and package hazardous chemicals, as well as security and emergency response information.
Contact Nils Gibson Nils.Gibson@wisc.edu to register
Renewal: Three years for DOT; Two years for IATA