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Hazardous Materials Shipping


Regulatory Agencies

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 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, 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.

Classroom Training

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.

Self-Study Modules

In addition, self-study modules have been developed to assist shippers in getting the certification that is most applicable to their needs.

View the flow chart to determine what training you need to take. If unsure, contact Safety Services.

Initial/Refresher Training

Each class or module may serve as either the initial training or the refresher training. Contact Safety Services for assistance in determining the best program for your needs. The following training programs are available through Safety Services.

Hazmat Shipping Training Programs (Click for more information)

  • HazMat Shipping
  • Infectious Substances and Dry Ice
  • Dry Ice
  • Exempt Human Specimens
Shipping Limitations

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:



Brandon Mount, Laboratory Safety Manager
Renee Witherspoon, Occupational Safety Manager
Timothy Taylor, Amarillo Safety Manager
Victor Garza, Unit Manager
Felis Kennedy, Associate Unit Director for Safety Services
Laura Gabso, Senior Safety Officer


Use this form to contact TTUHSC Safety Services Dept. to request more information about this class, to schedule a time for in-classroom instruction or take an exam. Information from this form is directed to the appropriate Safety Officer responsible for the course. It is important that you provide accurate contact information- once information is received, the Safety Officer will contact you with the details you provide.

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