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Biosafety: Will the project involve biological agents, recombinant DNA, and chemicals that elicit a biological response?
Lab Safety: Will the research involve chemicals in a laboratory?
Radiation Safety: Will the research involve work with radioactive materials? (e.g., lasers, x-rays, machine produced radiation, etc.)
Will you be shipping any chemicals, radioactive materials, biological materials?
- The shipment of chemicals, radioactive materials, and biological materials by air, ground or sea must comply with Department of Transportation (“DOT”) regulations, International Air Transport Association (“IATA”) guidelines and/or maritime law. Transporting certain materials may require import/export permits or other documentation from federal agencies including, US Border Protection and Customs, FDA, USDA/APHIS, Fish and Wildlife, and CDC.
- EH&S assists laboratory researchers with managing shipments and transportation of these dangerous goods. More resources can be found at https://www.ehs.harvard.edu/programs/shipping-transporting-research-materials or contact email@example.com for more information. See also:
- For shipments that include animal, plant, insect, or cell specimens or other general inquiries, contact GSS (https://www.globalsupport.harvard.edu/about/contact-us).
- For importing and exporting goods, Harvard Strategic Procurement also has an agreement with E. Sidney Stockwell, Co., Inc., a customs broker who can expedite deliveries into and out of the U.S. and most countries. The broker can also assist in obtaining a carnet (https://www.globalsupport.harvard.edu/manage-projects/exports-imports).
- Training courses on shipping materials are offered on the Harvard Training Portal at https://trainingportal.harvard.edu/Saba/Web_spf/NA1PRD0068/common/searchresults/shipping/ALL (email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions)
- Shipping Non-regulated Materials and Dry Ice
- Shipping Excepted Quantities: Flammables, Corrosives, and Common Fixatives
- Shipping Biological Materials and Dry Ice