Transportation and Shipping of Hazardous Materials
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) 49 CFR Parts 171- 180 apply to all transportation of hazardous materials by aircraft, railcar, vessel and highway in the United States. International and U.S. domestic air shipments are also regulated by the International Air Transportation Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) and are enforced by the Federal Aviation Association (FAA).
Northern Illinois University is committed to protecting the faculty, staff, students and visitors, as well as the general public and the environment, from the harmful effects of exposure to hazardous materials and dangerous goods. The university is also committed to compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements imposed by the DOT and IATA. The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S) has developed the Hazardous Materials Transportation and Shipping Procedures (PDF) to provide NIU personnel involved in activities related to hazardous materials transportation with comprehensive guidance for regulatory compliance.
This program applies to all NIU faculty, staff and students who ship, receive or transport packages containing materials regulated for transport. Non-compliance with the federal HMR can result in civil or even criminal penalties for the university and the individual(s) responsible for the violation. The transportation or shipment of hazardous materials must be arranged and managed by properly trained personnel, using the appropriate shipping containers, labels and other necessary equipment.
If you need assistance identifying whether or not your item is hazardous, how to prepare for shipping or how to obtain the required training, contact us at 815-753-0404. All academic or research related inquiries should be directed to the Office of Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety (ORCIS) at 815-753-8588.