Hazardous Materials Shipment Training

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Preregistration is required for all training. Class sizes are limited. See individual training types for contact and registration information.

Online Training

Online retraining is done through your Canvas dashboard. CaseID and password are required for use with the Canvas system to access online training modules. If you lack an ID and password, call Chemical Safety at 216.368.2907. For Radiation and Laser Training, call Radiation Safety at 216.368.2906.

Please note: For additional information and regulatory references, check Food & Beverage in the Laboratory.

In order to ship hazardous materials or dangerous goods by any means, you must receive formal training from the EHS office.

This training is meant to protect people, the environment and property based on regulations from two distinct organizations:

  1. The Department of Transportation (DOT)
  2. The International Air Transport Association (IATA).

In this training course, you will become familiar with the requirements for all aspects of hazardous materials transportation developed by these two organizations, including:

  • For shippers of hazardous material:
    • Hazardous material classification;
    • Specific packaging requirements;
    • Labeling and marking of packages;
    • Shipping papers;
    • and transport security.
  • For transporters of hazardous material:
    • Loading and unloading trucks, rail cars, ships and airplanes;
    • Transferring of hazardous material from one container to another;
    • and transport security.

Who should train?

The Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Material Shipment training is required every two years for any employee or student who ships hazardous materials. This is because transportation regulations are frequently being changed and updated.

Prior to Attending

Faculty members, staff members and students must have taken and be current for either Laboratory Safety and Regulated Chemical training or Hazard Communications training and, if applicable, Bloodborne Pathogens training. All trainings can be scheduled through the EHS office by calling 216.368.2907.

Dry Ice Shipping

If the only hazardous material you ship is dry ice, online training is available. You must take the dry ice training every other year unless you take the standard Hazardous Materials Shipping training. Prior to sending any packages containing dry ice, all persons are required to have completed the online training and the test included in this training. The test must be printed and completed in full and then returned to the EHS office via fax at 216.368.2236 or handed in personally.  You must wait for written approval from an EHS Safety Specialist before shipping any material on dry ice.

Receivers and Consignees of Hazardous Materials

These individuals are exempt from all transport regulations. Please note that this does not include Case Western Reserve University Material Support personnel or any Case Western Reserve University employees who transport hazardous material around campus. This exemption only applies to the laboratory personnel receiving the package.

Online training (dry ice only)

Online training is available for those shipping dry ice only. If you ship any other hazardous materials, you must train in person.

In-person training

  • In order for a person (faculty member, staff member or student) to ship hazardous materials or dangerous goods by any means, they must receive formal, in-person training from the EHS office.
  • Prerequisites: Prior to attending a hazardous material shipping class faculty, staff and students must have taken and be current for either Laboratory Safety training or Hazard Communications training and, if applicable, Biohazardous Materials training.
  • Retraining is required within two years of the original training. This is because transportation regulations are frequently being changed and updated.
  • Training can be scheduled online.