Hazardous Material Shipping

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The use of personal vehicles and public transportation for transport of hazardous materials is prohibited at all Clemson University facilities.  This includes but is not limited to dry ice, liquid nitrogen, laboratory chemicals, gas cylinders, biological agents, radioactive materials and materials of trade.  For guidance and assistance on transporting hazardous materials contact Occupational and Environmental Safety at 656-0341.

Hazardous Materials Transportation Fact Sheet

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to include Federal Aviation Association (FAA), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulate the transportation of hazardous materials within the United States by ground, rail, air or water.   The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is based on ICAO technical instructions, is more restrictive in some aspects than both DOT and ICAO. IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations is used for hazardous material/dangerous goods shipments internationally.

These regulations apply to all shipments (shipper/transporter) of hazardous material made by Clemson Faculty, Staff and Students for university purposes.  These regulations also apply to shipments of hazardous materials by non-university staff when they are "on behalf of" or in "collaboration with" university operations.

A hazardous material is defined as a substance or material that has been determined by the Department of Transportation to be capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety and property when in transportation. Materials that are hazardous to the environment (i.e., hazardous substance, hazardous wastes, and marine pollutants) are also regulated.

Hazardous materials include but are not limited to:

  • Laboratory chemicals
  • Biological agents
  • Radioactive materials
  • Compressed gases
  • Patient specimens
  • Dry ice
  • Refrigerants and related equipment
  • Instruments/equipment that contain hazardous materials
  • Batteries


Per federal regulations, Clemson University must approve and authorize both the training and certification. The certificate must  be signed by the Hazardous Materials Manager (authorized agent for the university), or their designee. A copy of the certificate, test and syllabus for the training must be provided to the Hazardous Materials Manager in Occupational and Environmental Safety.

49 CFR Electronic Version

Hazardous Material Table 49 CFR 172.101, Hazardous Substances 172.101 Appendix A, Marine Pollutants 172.101 Appendix B and Special Provisions

General Requirements for shipping and packaging

Lithium Batteries: Recent changes in both domestic and international shipping:
New Lithium Combo Label  


For training as required by federal regulations or more information, please contact the Hazardous Materials Manager, June Brock-Carroll, at juneb@clemson.edu or 864-633-6357 or Occupational and Environmental Safety at 864-656-0341.