Biosafety Manual

54 Biosafety Manual Packaging and Paperwork Requirements Any product that is or contains a material determined by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to be hazardous when shipped in commerce must be transported according to the requirements outlined in the DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations, 49 CFR parts 100-185 and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations. This includes hazardous biological agents. To comply with DOT regulations, all hazardous materials must be properly classified, packaged, documented, and handled by trained personnel. If the regulatory requirements for hazardous materials shipments are not met, citations and fines may be levied and shipping privileges suspended. The regulations also require hazardous materials shipping training for personnel involved in the transportation of hazardous materials. When it is necessary to ship a hazardous material, the following procedures must be followed: • Hazardous Materials Shipping Awareness training must be completed every two years at Learn@ISU. • Required permit(s) must be obtained and hazard information collected regarding the product to be shipped. • Proper classification must be determined. • Approved packaging must be obtained. • The product must be packaged under the direction of EH&S and according to any package instructions. • EH&S will generate documentation. • Package inspection takes place at Iowa State University Postal and Parcel Services. Documentation to accompany the package to Postal and Parcel is transmitted to the shipper upon request. • The Hazardous Materials Shipping Guide provides more detailed information, including lists of packaging suppliers and commercial carriers.