Universal Waste Management

Hazardous Materials in Transport

There are a number of restrictions in handling and transporting Hazardous Materials and Waste. The number of restrictions are too numerous to delineate in this handbook, however the Environmental Health and Safety Specialist serves the campus point of contact for information related to this issue. Should you have the need to transport these materials call the Safety Office at 786-6413.

Many common items used everyday in the home or workplace may be seen as harmless, however, when transported by air, they can be very dangerous. In flight, variations in temperature and pressure can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes or start a fire. The Federal Aviation Administration restricts the materials that can be transported by air or mailed (mail may be transported by air). Do not pack in luggage or carry on board: Fireworks (signal flares, sparklers or other explosives), Flammable Liquids or Solids (fuels, paints, lighter refills, matches), Household items (drain cleaners and solvents), Pressure containers (spray cans, butane fuel, scuba tanks, propane tanks, CO2 cartridges, self inflating rafts), Weapons (firearms, ammunition, gunpowder, mace, tear gas or pepper spray), Other Hazardous Materials (Dry Ice, gasoline-powered tools, wet-cell batteries, camping equipment with fuel, radioactive materials — except limited quantities), poisons, infectious substances. The above list is not inclusive and caution should be observed before attempting to transport or mail any substance.

Hazardous materials must be declared to airline, air package carrier or U.S. Postal Service. Violators of Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR 171-180) may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation and, in appropriate cases, a criminal penalty of up to $500,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 5 years. For questions, contact the College’s Mail and Print Office or speak with a relevant airline representative.

Source: Section 506, Bates College Employee Handbook.