Office of Research Assurances

Hazardous Materials Shipping

What Is A Hazardous Material / Dangerous Good


Hazardous material is generally defined as any substance that could adversely affect the safety of the public, handlers or carriers during transportation. The terms hazardous materials and dangerous goods are often used interchangeably when discussing shipping. Hazardous material regulations may apply to commercial products, chemical mixtures, items containing or contaminated with hazardous substances, and newly synthesized compounds. Various types of batteries, fuel containers, solvents, biologicals samples and cleaning products are examples of materials that are regulated for shipment. Listed below are some of the materials that are considered a dangerous good/ hazardous material.

  • Lithium batteries (in and out of equipment)
  • Biological samples (Patient Specimens) are those collected directly from humans or animals, including, but not limited to, excreata, secreta, blood and its components, tissue and tissue fluid, swabs and body parts being transported for purposes such as research diagnosis, investigational activities, disease treatment and prevention
  • Infectious Substances
  • Dry ice
  • Alcohol
  • Ethanol and ethanol solutions
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formalin
  • Sodium Azide
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Genetically modified organisms or microorganisms
  • Laboratory Chemicals
  • Maintenance chemicals (stains, cleaners, fuels and disinfectants)
  • Agricultural chemicals (Fertilizer, Pesticides )
  • Radioactive materials
  • Paint
  • Ammunition
  • Acetylene
  • Methanol
  • Hexane
  • Some minerals and metals
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Magnets

This is not an inclusive list. The Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials regulations has over 149 pages with 30 or more items per page that are considered hazardous materials. Please contact the Dangerous good/hazardous material cell phone at 509-432-3869 if you have a questions or concerns about your shipment.

Office of Research Assurances, P.O. Box 643005, Albrook Rm. 205, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-3005
Hazardous Material and Shipping Coordinator: Phone: 509-432-3869, Fax: 509-335-6410 ora.hazmatshipping@wsu.edu