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printreg, October, 2002
Shipping Samples for Analysis


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From: Debra Jacobson (djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 09:27:02


The following is some important guidance on procedures for shipping samples of hazardous materials for analysis by a laboratory. Also keep in mind that Chain of Custody documents should always be used for transport and transfer of samples.
Debra Jacobson
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How do I ship hazardous materials for sampling or testing?

Except for certain forbidden or prohibited hazardous materials (i.e. developmental explosives, new self-reactive materials, new organic pesticides) a material that is considered to be a hazardous waste or a sample of a material for which the hazard class is uncertain and must be determined by testing may be assigned a tentative proper shipping name, hazard class, identification number, and packing group based on the following conditions identified at 49 CFR 172.101(c)(11):
* Criteria for the DOT hazard classes
* The hazard precedence
* The shipper's knowledge of the material

To ship sample materials (other than a waste), the following conditions must be met:
* The word "sample" must appear, if it doesn't already, in association with the proper shipping name
* When the proper shipping name for a sample is assigned a "G" in Column 1 of the Hazardous Materials Table and the primary constituent(s) for which the tentative classification is based on are not known, the provisions requiring a technical name for the constituent(s) do not apply.
* The sample must be transported in a combination package in accordance with the tentative packing group assigned and may not exceed a net mass of 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) per package.

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