Sending Chemicals

Guidance on sending chemical samples

Strict and complex rules govern what chemical samples can and can’t be sent by air, sea and land. If something can be sent, it may have to be packed and labelled in a particular way. Several people within the University have detailed training on how to interpret and apply the rules and are qualified to authorise shipments. In Chemistry, the qualified personnel are Dr R. A. Aitken who will normally do this, with Ms Maria Nowosielska as a deputy when he is unavailable. In the section that follows these are referred to as Dangerous Goods Officer (“DGO”).

The main modes of transportation are road, rail, sea and air. It is often difficult to know what modes a given carrier will use, so it is best to prepare for the most demanding (air transport). To assess the requirements for your shipment, please work through the flow chart obtained by clicking on the link “dangerous-goods” below. If this clearly indicates that your goods can be sent with no special restrictions, it is sufficient to state this at the Office and it is also advisable to clearly mark the package “Not Dangerous Goods”. Radioactive materials need a special assessment only available through EHSS. When referral to the DGO is suggested or if you are in any doubt, contact Dr R A Aitken by e-mail (raa) in the first instance. For any period when you have been notified that Maria is dealing with enquiries, send to e-mail (mn71).