Shipping of Dangerous Goods Reminders

Recently we’ve had several shipping problems that are being reviewed by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), so here are a few reminders:

  • Only those who have had initial and biennial refresher training, resulting in certification from Temple University’s Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Department, are permitted to ship. Shipping includes any of the following; choosing the proper shipping name, packaging the material to be shipped, properly marking and labeling the package, and completing the documentation.
  • If you have had initial training, your certification ends two years (730 days) after the date on your certificate. University personnel may take a live training (recommended) or the online refresher. However, if you do not take the refresher course in time, you must attend the live training to become recertified. Health System personnel must attend the live training.
  • Each outgoing shipment, dangerous or otherwise, must be reported to Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, either by completing the online Notification of Dangerous Goods Shipment or by sending the information to the attention of Joan deVastey by fax at (215) 707-1600, or email at
  • You must also notify InfoTrac by faxing information about your shipment to (352) 323-5300. Again, do this for every shipment. You can use the format of the Notification of Dangerous Goods Shipment form to send this fax.
  • When shipping anything with dry ice, be sure that you use a current Class 9 label. Also, mark the outside of the package with “UN3373, Dry Ice, and the weight of the dry ice (only) in kilograms”.
  • When in doubt, contact Joan deVastey at (215) 707-0106 or