Shipping Dangerous Goods-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Shipping Dangerous Goods

Whether sending via ground or air, national or international, certain items (namely chemicals, biological and radiological materials) have been deemed "Dangerous Goods" and are subject to special shipping restrictions and requirements. This program will help you ship materials safely and in accordance to the rules and regulations set forth by the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) will help all shippers correctly identify, classify, package, mark, label and document dangerous goods according to these national and international governmental regulations.

Please read the following information to guide yourself through this process:  

  1. Learn what materials constitute a “Dangerous Good”
  2. Understand the additional restrictions for Dangerous Goods international shipments
  3. Understand the legal issues related to Dangerous Goods shipments
  4. Be aware of the process to initiate a Dangerous Goods shipment
  5. Locate the training modules for certain shipment activities you can be approved to do yourself.

Classification of Dangerous Goods

International Shipping of Non-Dangerous Goods

Carnegie Mellon's Shipping of Dangerous Goods Program

The Shipping Process



  • If you will be shipping packages with dry ice (and NO OTHER hazard), you must complete the "Shipping With Dry Ice" training module.
  • If you will be receiving packages containing hazardous materials, you must complete the "DOT Hazardous Materials Receiving" training module.

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Office: FMSB 3rd Floor
Phone: (412) 268-7501
Contact: Jeff Harris

Office: MI 313
Phone: (412) 268-8405
Contact: Andrew Lawson


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