Shipping of Hazardous Materials Instructions

What You Should Do

The Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Department ships hazardous materials. You must first complete the On-Line Intent to Ship Hazardous Materials Form to start your shipping request. (You will need a CEMS account to log in. How do I get a CEMS account?)

If you are unsure if the material you want to ship is hazardous, complete the form anyway; we will let you know. Dry ice and lithium batteries are regulated for shipping purposes. Follow the instructions. If you have questions, please contact Gary Ritter, who is DOT (Department of Transportation) trained and certified to ship dangerous goods. To ensure compliance with federal law, UMass Amherst employees, students and anyone on campus are required to ship hazardous materials using this procedure:

  • Complete the On-Line Intent to Ship Hazardous Materials Form. Important: If you leave #4 blank, CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) number, you will be automatically sent to an On-Line TSCA (Toxic Substance Control Act) Form.
  • EH&S will contact you to schedule a time to prepare the shipment and coordinate the required paperwork.
  • Domestic packages require 24 hours (one business day) for processing.
  • International packages require two business days for processing.
  • Emergency shipments can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
  • Special hazards and radioactive materials may take extra time to process.

Why You Should Do It: It's The Law

Only trained and IATA certified personnel are permitted to package and ship the regulated materials covered by the federal mandates. If you have materials that meet these mandates, EH&S will coordinate the packaging and shipping. At least 72 hours notice to prepare packages and shipping papers is required. Overseas shipping requests can be more complicated and time consuming. Failure to meet regulatory requirements when shipping hazardous materials may result in citations, fines and/or imprisonment. Fines to the University can range from $250 to $500,000 per violation. In addition, individual researchers and shippers may be subject to criminal penalties of up to $500,000 and five years imprisonment.

What Are Hazardous Materials

Hazardous material regulations may apply to commercial products, chemical mixtures, and newly synthesized compounds. Various types of batteries, fuel containers and cleaning products are examples of materials that are regulated for shipment. There are nine classes of hazardous materials:

Class / DivisionClass / Division Name
1.1 - 1.6Explosives
2.1 - 2.3Gases
3Flammable Liquids
4.1 - 4.3Flammable Solids
5.1 - 5.2Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
6.1Poisonous Materials
6.2Infectious Substances / Biological Materials
7Radioactive
8Corrosives
9Misc. Hazardous Materials (asbestos, dry ice, PCBs)
ForbiddenForbidden Materials

Frequently Asked Questions

See FAQS on Shipping. Contact Gary Ritter for more information.