1.1 The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have detailed regulations for shipping hazardous materials or dangerous goods. When shipping within the United States or Internationally, it is critical to comply with all shipping regulations to protect the shipper, the carrier, and the environment to prevent stiff penalties from being imposed.
1.2 All 'hazmat employees' require some level of training specific to the transportation-related function they perform (i.e. classification, packaging, marking, labeling, paperwork, etc). It is crucial that Texas A&M University (TAMU) personnel responsible for shipping are properly trained to package and ship their materials.
2.0 The Regulations
2.1 The Hazardous Materials Regulation (HMR) Parts, 171 – 180 of Title 49 CFR contain all the regulations pertaining to the transport of hazardous materials. The purpose of the HMR is to provide the shipper with instruction on how to properly package, mark, label and document a hazardous material to be placed in commerce (i.e. ground, air, water and rail).
2.2 The International Air Transport Association's Dangerous Goods Regulation is the guide that is recognized by all airlines that carry dangerous goods in all countries. This regulation provides procedures for the shipper and the operator by which Dangerous Goods can be safely transported by air on all commercial air transport.
2.3 Both regulations serve the same purpose, to provide safety to the shipper and carrier and to minimize the risk of contamination to the environment.
3.1 A "hazmat employee" is a person who is employed by a hazmat employer (TAMU) and who directly affects hazmat transportation safety. At TAMU this is a person who:
4.0 What Training is Offered?4.1 Only trained persons may ship or receive shipments of hazardous materials / dangerous goods. The following trainings are available through Environmental Health and Safety:
Limited Quantities – Limited quantities are shipments that must meet specific requirements (e.g. a specific amount) in order to be classified as a limited quantity shipment. This training will assist in classification, packaging, marking, labeling and documentation of a limited quantity shipment.
5.1 Hazardous materials mean a substance or material that the Secretary of Transportation has determined is capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce, and has been designated as hazardous under Section 5103 of the Federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Law (49 U.S.C. 5103). Hazardous materials, for the purpose of transportation, are those in one or more one of the following groups:
6.1 The DOT regulations stipulate
7.1 For assistance in resolving questions about the proper shipment of hazardous materials contact
7.2 A complete copy of the Hazardous Material Shipping Program can be found on the Texas A&M Environmental Health and Safety website at ehsd.tamu.edu.
For Questions or Concerns,
EHS @ 979-845-2132
or after hours contact
Communications Center 979-845-4311