Last Revised: April 07, 2022

  • All shippers of Dangerous Goods must be trained!

A shipper is someone that does any of the following duties:

  • Marking and labeling packages
  • Filling packages
  • Accepting packaging for shipping
  • Supervising shipping activities
  • Preparing shipping documentation
  • Loading truck

Please find detailed information below for training requirements

On-line Shipping Training is currently available in Knowledge Link.
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Shipping of Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods for Laboratory Staff

Shipping Training is currently available on-line in Knowledge Link as a substitute to instructor-led training until further notice:

        Shipping of Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods for Laboratory Staff - EHRS -Online


This instructor-led training is for Laboratory Staff and Faculty that ship various biological material (pathogens, recombinant vectors, infected cell, tissue, etc.) with or without dry ice.

  • Instructor-led training is offered monthly, located in the EHRS office.  Register through Knowledge Link
  • Training may be scheduled for large groups
  • Instructor-led training is required every 2 years
  • Contact SHIPPINGDG@LISTS.UPENN.EDU with questions
Shipping Chemicals

EHRS does not offer shipping training for shipping quantities of hazardous chemicals.


Shipping Radioactive Materials

EHRS does not offer shipping training for shipping for radioactive material.

      - Contact SHIPPINGDG@LISTS.UPENN.EDU BEFORE shipping ANY radioactive materials.


Shipping Collaboration with Outside Entities (non-Penn shippers)

Collaborator Module through eShip@Penn®:

Users collaborating with outside entities may use the Collaborator Module, available thru eShip@Penn. Shipments can be set up by shippers outside of Penn and payed for by users at Penn. Shippers must comply with all ICAO/IATA regulations, including training and package labeling. Review COLLABORATOR INSTRUCTIONS for additional details.

TRAINING: Non-Penn shippers are responsible for finding their own training resources. Non-Penn shippers may find training through their institution's training program or by searching online for "biological shipping training" or "dry ice shipping training". USA based shippers can also look to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for training options.

After training:

Certificates will be issued after completion of the training program. Keep these on file. An enforcement agency may ask to review your training records at any time.

How often must you be trained?

All shippers of biological material or dry ice must be retrained every 2 years or when regulations change in accordance with IATA regulations.

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