When sending hazardous materials and dangerous goods
Hazardous materials and dangerous goods require specific packaging, marking, labeling, and documentation for transport. Federal and international authorities closely monitor shipments of hazardous materials or dangerous goods. Anyone shipping a hazardous material must have documented training. Regulatory provisions for shipment must be met prior to shipment, including export control review requirements for international packages.
If you need to ship a hazardous material or dangerous good, contact the Office of Research Assurances.
Forms required for shipping & returns
Every package that goes out of WSU Pullman requires a Request for Shipment of Merchandise form.
- Request shipping services from Central Receiving by completing the form. It is available online through the WSU e-forms system. (Log in required.)
- See instructions for completion in the WSU Business Policies and Procedures Manual, 80.15
Returning hazardous materials shipments
If you need to return a hazardous material/dangerous good shipment, contact the Office of Research Assurances for guidance.
Returning WSU-issued laptops containing lithium-ion batteries
- If you are returning WSU-issued laptops containing lithium-ion batteries, the package must be transported by ground transportation domestically. For international shipments, please contact Hazardous Materials Shipping.
- It’s recommended to have a carrier (e.g., UPS/FedEx) package and process the shipment.
- Should a carrier processing facility not be available in your area, follow the guidance for UPS/FedEx.
Consequences of non-compliance
Failure to comply with regulations for shipping hazardous materials and dangerous goods may result in any of the following:
- Increased risk of material release during the shipping process
- Refusal or return of packages (particularly problematic with temperature-sensitive materials)
- Fines from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Willful violations can carry a penalty of up to 10 years of imprisonment
Shipment delays & losses
Shipments do not always arrive as scheduled. They may get held up in customs or at the hubs of UPS and FedEx due to weather, mechanical failure, and other unforeseen events. When a shipment is delayed due to unforeseen circumstances there is nothing WSU can do.
If your shipment has particular importance or value, consider insurance. If using dry ice, pack with extra dry ice to allow for unexpected delays in transport.
Please contact the hazardous material shipping specialist