Hazardous Material Shipping

Importance of Proper Shipping

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has detailed regulations related to the shipment of hazardous materials. There are severe penalties that can result from failure to abide by these regulations. It is very important to properly package hazardous materials before shipping. All personnel involved in packing shipments of hazardous materials must be properly trained and certified. For these reasons, only qualified EHS personnel can ship hazardous materials from Miami University. If you need to regularly ship hazardous materials, please contact Dan Fetrow (see below for contact information) for proper training in the packaging and shipping of hazardous material.

Which Materials Are Considered Hazardous?

Below is listed the 9 classes of hazardous materials that must be specially packaged and documented for shipping:

  • Class 1: Explosives
  • Class 2: Compressed gases
  • Class 3: Flammable / Combustible Liquids
  • Class 4: Flammable / Combustible / Dangerous When Wet Solids
  • Class 5: Oxidizers / Organic Peroxides
  • Class 6: Poisons / Inhalation Hazards
  • Class 7: Radioactive
  • Class 8: Corrosive
  • Class 9: Miscellaneous

How to get your hazardous material shipped?

For proper packaging and shipping of your materials it is best to contact Dan Fetrow in the Environmental Health and Safety Offices, 56 Hughes Hall. He can be reached at fetrowdd@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-7213.


There is training available to all those that ship hazardous material on a regular basis and for those that conduct off-site research and need to ship materials. To get proper training regarding the shipping of hazardous materials please contact Dan Fetrow at fetrowdd@miamioh.edu or (513) 529-7213.