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Shipping and Transporting Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods

This section describes the process for shipping items from UNM that are classified as Hazardous Materials (HM) under the Department of Transportaion (DOT) regulations or as Dangerous Goods (DG) as defined by the International Air Transport Association (LATA) through a common carrier such as the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), Federal Express (FedEx), United Parcel Service (UPS), or other commercial carrier. The regulations governing the shipment of hazardous materilas are complex and the personnel involved in the shipping process must have formal specialized, documented training to ensure the materials are properly packaged, labeled, and the appropriate shipping documentation is prepared and maintained. Examples of materiials that would be classified as HM or DG include samples, bulk materials and equipment that contain one or more of the following: 

  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Biological materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Dry ice

SRS has the personnel who are trained and have the technical expertise needed to ensure hazardous materials/dangerous goods are properly, safely and legally shipped. To request assistance with shipping hazardous materials/dangerous goods from SRS, complete and submit the SRS HazMat Shipping Request Form below. 

The University contracts with CHEMTREC, a 24-hour Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Communications center, to provide an emergency phone number for use on all shipping papers associated with shipments of HazMat.

Under Department of Transportation regulations, when HazMat is shipped, the shipper must provide a 24-hour emergency phone number on the shipping papers. The number must provide immediate access to a person knowledgeable about the materials being shipped in the event of an incident en route to the destination point. Penalties for failing to answer the phone can be severe.

Therefore, Safety and Risk Services (SRS) coordinates this contract as a service to the University community, in order to minimize the risk of fines and provide a simple and cost-effective method for the University to remain in compliance with these strict regulations.

Please read and follow the instructions on the next page for trouble-free shipping. 


UNM departments may use CHEMTREC’s emergency phone numbers listed below on all your HazMat shipments originating and/or terminating in the USA, following these instructions.

CHEMTREC must have a HazMat profile on file PRIOR to each shipment. The information provided varies depending on the type of shipment. Details of how to submit profiles are given on the ChemTree website