This program ensures that NC State University employees are shipping hazardous materials in a manner that is safe and compliant with regulatory policy. The two main organizations that regulate these shipments are the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for ground/marine transport and the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) for air transport. They require that only properly trained personnel prepare and handle hazardous material shipments. A violation of these regulations, including training requirements, can result in fines of up to $55,000 per violation or up to $110,000 with imprisonment for cases involving injury or death. The Federal Aviation Administration has been known to perform random audits on anyone who ships by air to ensure they are following all ICAO regulations.

If you perform any of the following tasks, with regards to hazardous materials, you are considered a HazMat employee and must receive training.

  • Packaging
  • Completing shipping papers
  • Handling
  • Transporting


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What are you trying to ship? Biohazardous materials or dry ice See the biological material shipping page
Radioactive materials Call 919-515-2894 or email
Chemical/Other hazardous materials See the links below

Hazardous Materials Classification

Anyone offering a hazardous material for shipment must properly identify and classify all hazardous materials related to the shipment…

Training Requirements

Find information on Hazardous Material Shipping training classes for chemicals and biological materials

Transporting Hazardous Materials

Information on safely and legally transporting hazardous materials on campus

Tools and References

Links to documents to help with shipping  / handling / transportation of hazardous materials