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Packaging & Shipping Dangerous Goods (hazardous materials)

  • Biological substances, Chemicals or Radioactive materials:

Shipping Dangerous Goods or hazardous materials (biological substances, chemicals, or radioactive materials) within and outside of the United States is subject to a variety of government regulations and airline industry and ground carriers’ requirements.

Fines and penalties can be imposed against companies and individuals who fail to comply with the applicable rules including proper classification, identification, packaging, marking, labeling and documentation. Knowledge is crucial to ensure compliance.

If you have any questions, please contact EHRS at 215-898-4453 or Marie-Luise Faber or Jim Crumley

  • Purpose of regulations:

To provide procedures for the shipper by which articles and substances with hazardous properties can be safely transported by air or surface minimizing the risk of contamination to the individuals involved with handling the package and to the environment

  • Agencies that regulate shipping:

      U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
    • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
    • International Air Transport Association (IATA)

  • All shippers must be trained:

A shipper is someone that does any of the following duties:

    • Marking and labeling packages
    • Filling packages
    • Accepting packaging for shipping
    • Supervising shipping activities
    • Preparing shipping documentation
    • Loading truck

Shippers can register for instructor-led shipping training in KnowledgeLink.  Training must be renewed every 2 years.

  • Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods:

Some shippments of Dangerous Goods require the completion of a Shipper's Declaration.

A copy of the Shipper’s Declaration must be faxed to EHRS at 215-898-0767 before the material is shipped.

A 24 hr phone number must be included on each Shipper’s Declaration. Penn contracts with CHEMTEL for this service.



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