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Hazardous Materials Should Not Be Transported in Luggage

The University of Wisconsin-Madison was fined $56,000 after Transportation Security Administration agents discovered hazardous materials in a student researcher’s checked luggage for a domestic flight from Dane County Regional Airport to Minneapolis on January 13, 2015.

The materials in question were a research grade alcohol, which is highly flammable, and an epoxy resin, which is corrosive. The student claimed that he/she was not aware that the materials had to be treated as hazardous material.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison provided the student and a second student involved in the incident with more intensive training. The university also increased hazardous material awareness efforts among its researchers, students and faculty.


• Identify hazardous chemicals. Material is hazardous if it has the potential to be a physical hazard or health hazard.

• If you’re not sure if something is hazardous, contact your Environment, Safety and Quality Assurance (ESQ) Quality Assurance (QA) Coordinator or ESQ Worker Safety and Health (WSH). • Initiate a hazard evaluation by filling out xink form ANL- 1078: Chemical Hazard Evaluation.

• Do not transport samples or chemicals in luggage. Ship these items following the procedure detailed in LMS- PROC-223: Use of Argonne Shipping Services. Hazardous material is not allowed on commercial airlines.

Safety Share courtesy of: Julie Hanebuth (ESQ) and Elitania Perez (FMS)

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