The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are those materials that are considered to be hazardous by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Argonne National Laboratory, and the U. S. Department of Energy.Consult your CAT Safety Coordinator or the AES ES&H Coordinator if you are not sure whether the material in question is in this category.Shipments of small quantities of some materialsmay qualify for an exemption from DOT requirements.Your home institution or CAT can help you determine whether your shipment qualifies.The application of the DOT Small Quantity Exception to Hazardous Material Transport by APS Users on the ANL Site is explained in the APS Policies & Procedures for Hazardous Materials Transport. For information about air shipments of cryopreserved biological samples in dry-shippers please refer to APS Policies & Procedures for Hazardous Materials Transport.

NOTE: Any material that is radioactive, including naturally occurring radioactive compounds, may not be brought or shipped to the APS without prior approval of the APS. Please contact your Beamline representative or the  APS User Safety Program if you have any questions.

The links below can be used to help determine if the material you wish to ship to/from the APS is considered hazardous.

  1. DOT Small Quantity Exception to Hazardous Material Transport
  2. Transporting Hazardous Materials
  3. US Department of Transportation
  4. How to Use the Hazardous Materials Regulations CFR 49 Parts 100-185, a guide from the USDOTThis link may be used as a reference and guide for shipping hazardous materials.This link is to a workbook.Reading this information DOES NOT mean that you are trained in Hazardous Materials Shipping.If you have any questions about shipping materials to/from the ANL/APS please contact your institution's shipping department or your Beamline representative.
  5. International Air Transport Association (IATA) and dangerous goods info online- NOTE: This site requires Internet Explorer to be viewed properly, please send complaints to IATA.
  6. Institutional Review Board and use of Human Tissue
  7. Additional Guidance on the DOT Small Quantity Exception (from University of New Hampshire)
  8. APS DOT Small Quantity Exception class slides.
  9. DHL Prohibited and Restricted Commodities.
  10. APS Protocol for Receiving Hazmat.

Materials Hazard Class Definitions

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

Reviewed and Updated: March 5, 2019