Research Material Shipping

Overview of Research Material Shipping


Researchers shipping biological materials must complete our course “Safe Shipping of Biological Materials and Dry Ice” located on the SciShield platform, and have a follow-up consult with an OARS team member. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) enacts and enforces all hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation laws in the United States. Compliance with DOT regulations is a requirement for any person who offers a hazardous material for transportation.

Penalties for non-compliance with the rules are significant and could result in the following fines: Up to $250.000 and up to a year jail sentence for individuals. Up to $500.000 per incident for organizations. OARS personnel have been trained and are available to help University departments in ensunng hazardous materials shipments are properly packaged, marked, labeled and have appropriate shipping papers.