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 person is Dr R. A. Aitken. In the section that follows this is referred to as Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (“DGSA”).
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 DGSA is suggested or if you are in any doubt, contact Dr R A Aitken by e-mail (raa) in the first instance.