The US Department of Transportation is vigilantly reviewing companies, carriers, and academic settings for compliance in packaging and shipping hazardous materials. Fiscal and civil penalties can be incurred for non-compliance as well as delay of shipments that may be crucial to time sensitive materials. It is the responsibility of individual shippers to properly identify their material and package it accordingly.
The NCSU Environmental Health and Safety Center implemented a Hazardous Materials Shipping Program to assist shippers conform to DOT regulations.
The International Air Transporters Association (IATA) regulates all domestic and international hazardous material shipping by air. All shippers of hazardous materials must be trained and certified in the use of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Shippers of infectious substances and biological materials may complete web-based training. Attendees are trained to:
- Classify hazardous materials
- Package hazardous materials
- Correctly label all packaging
- Complete all required documentation.
Each department should have at least one copy of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations available for anyone shipping hazardous materials. Copies can be purchased.