Transporting Chemical Materials (local)

All chemicals and/or drugs must be appropriately packaged, labeled and transported in order to minimize the potential for environmental release.

Procedure for Preparing Chemicals/Drugs for Transport

  1. Primary container designed to contain the material. Do not use food containers or other containers not originally designed for laboratory storage purposes.
  2. Place primary sample containers into appropriate secondary container. This container should be leak-proof with a latchable lid.   
  3. Place enough absorbent material in the secondary container to absorb all free liquids in the event that the primary containers rupture or break during transport.
  4. Place primary containers in secondary container in a manner that will reduce shock, rupture, and/or breakage. Use plastic containers when possible. Multiple glass containers should be separated by a rack or shock absorbent material, keeping the containers from bumping one another, causing them to break.
  5. Label the outside of the secondary container with:
    1. Emergency contact information (name and phone number); and
    2. Attach a Safety Data Sheet for the chemicals inside.
  6. University – owned vehicle is required whenever possible for transport. Secure the container in a location in the vehicle whereby if an accident occurs, the container or its contents will not be an exposure risk to the driver or environment.  For example in a car it can be placed in the back seat or trunk, secured with bungee cords or seat belt to keep it upright and stable.
  7. Properly packaged and secured, a spill should NOT occur during transport. In the event of a spill:
    1. Outside of a building: isolate the area and contact EHS at 355-0153. Stay at spill site until EHS arrives.
    2. In a vehicle: leave the vehicle with closed windows and locked doors. Contact EHS 355-0153 and stay at spill site until EHS arrives.

REMINDER: cryogen dewars and gas cylinders may not be transported in closed vehicles, including inside passenger cars, mini-vans or SUV type vehicles. Cryogens and gas cylinders can only be transported in:

  1. Open vehicles such as flatbed trucks, pickup trucks, etc.; or
  2. In trucks where the cab is separate from the storage compartment

Dewars and cylinders must be properly secured in the truck bed area and not be allowed to roll or bump against other objects while in transport. Please call MSU EHS at 517-355-0153 for more information about safe transport of cryogen dewars and/or compressed gas cylinders.