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Requirements for Shipping Dry Ice [IATA PI 904]

Source: Reg of the Day from ERCweb

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When dry ice is shipped by air and water it is regulated as a dangerous good.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations give some regulatory relief to shipments of dry ice by air.The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations require that dry ice be packaged in accordance with packing instruction 904.It is allowed to be vented to prevent a build up of pressure that could rupture the packaging.Arrangements must be made between the shipper and the operator to ensure that ventilation safety procedures are followed.

A shipper’s declaration of dangerous goods is not required unless the dry ice is used as a refrigerant for other dangerous goods.Otherwise only an air waybill is required with the following information:Dry Ice or Carbon dioxide, solid, 9, UN 1845, number of packages and the net quantity of dry ice in each package.

The net weight of the dry ice in the package must be marked on the outside of the package in addition to the other required marks and labels (e.g., Dry Ice, UN 1845, Class 9 Miscellaneous label).

Dry ice is not regulated by the DOT as a hazardous material for ground (truck) shipments.

Obtaining Dry Ice at Argonne

If dry ice is needed for an experiment while at the APS it may be obtained through the APS Detector Pool. Enter the request via the Detector Pool database.

The process for requesting dry ice is as follows:

  1. Click on “Request Equipment”
  2. Select Category = “Sample Prep”
  3. Enter the requested dates -Click “Check Availability”
  4. Click “Request Reservation” for Dry Ice
  5. Fill in the Equipment Request Form.Comments are especially helpful (e.g. how much ice is needed, time of day required, location, etc.).
  6. Click “Submit Request.”

Dry ice is only available during normal business hours.In addition, requests must be made in advance to ensure availability of a government vehicle for transporting dry ice from another building on-site.

Please contact the APS User Safety Program if you have any questions or can not access the internal links

Updated: January 2, 2019