Hazardous Materials Shipping
Shipments of hazardous materials are regulated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in order to promote safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials and to ensure minimal threats to life, property, and the environment.
TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
Who Needs Certification?
Any employee of TTUHSC El Paso who ships hazardous items must first be trained and certified in the applicable rules. The Department of Safety Services offers and coordinates training classes for TTUHSC hazmat employees. A hazmat employee is any employee who handles, offers for transport, transports, or causes hazardous materials to be transported.
TYPES OF TRAINING
Due to the clinical nature of the majority of regulated shipments from TTUHSC El Paso, multiple training programs will be maintained so that employees may focus their certification to the types of shipments that apply to them. Each program requires initial training, followed by recurrent refresher training every two years.
Safety Services provides both initial and refresher classroom training for general hazmat and Infectious Substance shipments which will provide the trainee with certification to ship hazardous materials in accordance with national and international rules.
In addition, self-study modules have been developed to assist shippers in getting the certification that is most applicable to their needs.
Each class or module may serve as either the initial training or the refresher training. Contact Department of Safety Services at 915-215-4820 for assistance in determining the best program for your needs. The following training programs are available through Safety Services.
Hazmat Shipping Training Programs
All hazmat shippers must be trained in order to package, ship, sign-off, or offer packages for transportation. Copies of training certificates and copies of any shipping declaration forms must be forwarded to Safety Services.
Remember that nothing may be shipped to countries under sanctions by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In addition, international shipments may be subject to export controls regulations and licensure if the item appears on the Controlled Commodities List (CCL), or the United States Munitions List (USML). See “Resources” section below for web links. Select Agents and toxins as defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and United States Department of Agriculture may not be shipped to any foreign country, under any circumstances.
TTUHSC policy on shipping hazardous materials:
- HSCEP OP 75.13 - Shipment of Hazardous and Infectious Materials
- Notification of Intent to Ship Hazardous Materials
- Saf T Pack Accredited Training Website: http://www.saftpak.com/Training/training.aspx
- More information on shipping hazmat regulations: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/portal/site/PHMSA
- A list of OFAC sanctioned countries: http://www.treasury.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/programs/index.shtml
- The CCL is listed at the following site (starting with Part 774 and the Supplements with each of the 9 Categories): http://www.access.gpo.gov/bis/ear/ear_data.html
- The USML is located at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_08/22cfr121_08.html
- The list of Select Agents and toxins is found at: http://www.cdc.gov/od/sap/docs/salist.pdf