Environmental Health and Safety

Shipment of Hazardous Materials

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates the shipment of hazardous materials, regardless of quantity. Regulations apply to a variety of hazardous materials including, but not limited to chemicals, radioactives, infectious agents, biologicals, and various other items which may contain or have contained one of these items.

Hazmat employees (e.g. employees who load or unload regulated materials, prepare materials for shipment, offer to a commercial shipper, and certain other related categories of employee) must meet special training requirements. Adequacy of training must be certified by the University's EHS Director. Please call EHS at (512)471-3511 or e-mail ehs@www.utexas.edu for more information and consult our Hazardous Materials Transportation training web site.

Do not prepare or offer for shipment any hazardous material unless you have a current EHS certificate on file for the type of material being shipped.

Warning: Failure to comply with federal transportation regulations when shipping hazardous materials can result in civil penalties of $27,500 per occurrence and in criminal penalties including five years imprisonment.