Office of Research Assurances

Hazardous Materials Shipping



Personnel involved in preparation of hazardous materials or dangerous goods (HM/DG) for shipment or who offer those materials to a commercial courier (FedEx, UPS) must receive training in the requirements commensurate with their responsibilities.

The Office of Research Assurances (ORA) will pick up and ship all Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods originating at the Pullman campus.

Branch Campuses and Extensions:

Hazardous materials and dangerous goods will be shipped by an employee who has been specifically trained according to DOT and IATA regulations (see links below under Regulatory Training Requirements). A minimum general awareness overview, security awareness and function-specific training are required for anyone who ships dangerous goods and hazardous materials (including infectious substances) from any WSU location.

If you have not completed training and would like to attend a session or want to find out who is trained at your location, please contact the ORA Shipping Program at (509)432-3869 or

Regulatory Training Requirements:

Department of Transportation (DOT) - ground shipments DOT Training Regulations

International Air Transport Association (IATA) air shipments IATA Training Requirements

Both the DOT and IATA regulations (The Regulations) require training that includes:

  1. General awareness training that provides a general familiarization of the regulations, plus
  2. Security awareness training, and
  3. Function-specific training applicable to the function that you are responsible for. If you only ship one or two things routinely, your training need not be as comprehensive as if you ship a wide variety of dangerous goods and hazardous materials through a variety of modes. In order to package materials in compliance with the regulations, you will learn:
    • Classification - Determining the applicable hazard class or division of the material
    • Packaging - Selecting appropriate containers and supplies
    • Labeling and Marking - In accordance with the requirements for each mode of shipment
    • Completing Required Documents - Bill of Lading (ground), Declarations, and Air-Waybills (air)

Training must include a test to verify the comprehension of the training material(s). Records outlining the content of the course and subsequent tests must be maintained for at least 2 years. Personnel who offer shipment by ground (per DOT regulations) must receive refresher training every 3 years. Those who ship by air must receive refresher training every 2 years (per IATA regulations).

Training Options

There is a wide variety of training options available to meet these requirements. The option appropriate for a given individual depends upon their duties and the relative complexity associated with the type of material or good being shipped. An individual's training needs will also depend upon the relative frequency they are involved with shipping and the amount of assistance that is available to them. Please contact the ORA Shipping Program to determine what training would best suit your needs.

Training Options for Shippers Outside of the Pullman Campus

Common and/or Potential Shipments Initial Training Refresher Training Links
Dry Ice (Only) Online Online MyResearch
Single items, shipped repetitively
  • Non-infectious GMO/GMMO (Only)
  • Exempt Animal/Human Specimens (Only)
  • Combinations of Specimen or GMO/GMMO
1/2 Day Online and/or classroom




Single Chemical listed in Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods Regulations (routine shipments of the same item) 1 Day 1/2 Day




Infectious Substances
  • Biological substances, Category B
  • Exempt human or animal specimens
  • Limited Quantities media/preservative chemicals
  • Any of the above with Dry Ice
2 Days 1/2 Day




  • Chemicals not listed in Tables or "mixtures"
  • Infectious Substances Category A
  • Materials requiring special permits
  • Infected Animals
  • Select Agents and Toxins
2-4 Days 2 Days





Links to General HM/DG Goods Training

International Air Transport Association (IATA) (Dangerous Goods)

Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) (DOT Hazardous Materials)

FedEx (DOT Hazardous Materials and IATA Dangerous Goods)

MyResearch - Dry Ice Training

Links to Infectious Substances and Associated Chemicals Training

IATA (Online Course)



Training requirements are subject to change.
If you have any questions, contact the ORA Shipping Program.

509-432-3869 (cell phone)

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