Hazardous Materials Transportation

Hazardous materials transportation entails the movement of hazardous materials from one place to another. This can mean transport within a building, between buildings on campus or shipping to a location off-campus. Hazardous materials include anything that is defined by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) as a hazardous material. This includes items such as some chemicals, infectious biological agents, radioactive materials and even dry ice. All hazardous materials should be shipped in accordance with the university’s Hazardous Materials Shipping Plan and all shippers must be trained.

Transportation within a Building

When transporting hazardous materials within a building, the material should be placed in a leak-proof container and secondarily contained within another leak proof container. Transportation on a cart is recommended if the destination is on the same level (floor) as the point of origin and required if the destination is not on the same level. Personal protective equipment should be transported along with the hazardous material to be used in the event of a spill.

Transportation between Buildings

Transportation between buildings is only allowed when the buildings are on the same continguous campus. For example, hazardous materials may not be transported from main campus to Park campus, Lambuth or even south of the railroad tracks without specific permission from Environmental Health and Safety. When transporting materials between buildings on a continguous campus, the material must be placed in a leak-proof container and secondarily contained within another leak proof container and transported on a cart. 

Shipping Hazardous Materials

Shipping hazardous materials requires specific training as outlined by the university Hazardous Materials Shipping Plan. The plan can be found at the link below.

Hazardous Materials Shipping Plan