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

Transporting Hazardous Materials

The procedures given below apply to all materials that are considered to be hazardous by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).Consult your Beamline Safety Coordinator or the APS Engineering Support Division (AES) ES&H Coordinator if you are not sure whether the material in question is in this category.Shipments of small quantities of some materials may qualify for an exemption from DOT requirements.Your home institution or Beamline 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, air shipments of cryopreserved biological samples in dry-shippers, and a summary table of materials transport (including on-site transport of materials) can be found in APS User Safety Policies & Procedures 3.1.34 (APS_1410268). Radioactive materials that need to be shipped to/from the APS require special handling by the ANL Special Materials Group. Contact APS User Safety Program before shipping these materials. The address to be used for radioactive materials will be provided by the ANL Special Materials Group.
Incoming Shipments

When possible, obtain hazardous chemicals from the APS stockroom.If you can't get what you need from the stockroom, keep the amount being shipped to the APS as small as possible.

Under no circumstances may you transport a nonexempt hazardous material to the APS in your own car or other personal vehicle.

To have a hazardous material shipped to your Beamline's facilities at the APS, follow these steps:

  1. Arrange to have all shipping duties handled by persons with appropriate hazardous materials training.
  2. Provide the above individuals with all the information they need to prepare the shipment.
  3. Inform your Beamline Safety Coordinator of the planned shipment and arrange for any special handling the shipment may require upon arrival.
  4. Advise the shipper to address the package to:

Recipient's Name c/o Bldg 46, Haz Mat
ANL, Bldg XXX, Rm XXXX (ex. Bldg 434, D002)
9700 South Cass Ave
Lemont, IL 60439 

Also inform the shipper of any supplementary labeling information recommended by the Safety Coordinator to help ensure proper handling of the shipment upon arrival.

NOTE: Deliveries of hazardous materials will not be accepted at Argonne National Laboratory on Saturday or Sunday.


Hazardous Materials may not be shipped to the Argonne Guest House.  Such shipments will be refused.


Outgoing Shipments

To ship a hazardous material from the the APS to an off-site location, follow these steps:

  1. Give the following information to your Beamline Safety Coordinator:
    • Identity of the material (chemical name - no abbreviations or acronyms)
    • Amount of the material
    • All associated hazards

      The Safety Coordinator will then work with ANL to prepare an ANL shipping order and obtain appropriate packaging.
  2. Complete the process by working with the person designated by your Beamline to be responsible for shipping arrangements. Instructions for completing an ANL-126C Shipping Order.
  3. Materials must be in compatible inner containers that are clearly labelled with the contents.
  4. If you do not follow these instructions your shipment will be delayed until all required information for shipping is correct.
Internal Shipments
Do not use your personal vehicle to move a hazardous material from building to building within ANL unless it qualifies for the small quantity exception in APS User Safety Policies & Procedures 3.1.34 (APS_1410268).Your APS Floor Coordinator will help you arrange all on-site moves.  To arrange for a Hazmat T-Run contact 630-252-7092 (Jeff Lyons).

DOT Hazardous Materials Training Course Workbook.This 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 contact.

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

Updated: January 8, 2020