• All shippers 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

Shippers can register for instructor-led shipping training in KnowledgeLink

NEW: On-line Shipping Training is now available as a substitute in KnowledgeLink during the University shutdown.
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Shipping of Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods for Laboratory Staff

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 KnowledgeLink

On-line Shipping Training is now available in KnowledgeLink as a substitute to instructor-led training during the University shutdown:

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


      - Training may be scheduled for large groups

      - Instructor-led training is required every 2 years

      - Contact  Marie-Luise Faber at 215-746-6706 with questions

Shipping Chemicals

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

      - Contact Jim Crumley at 215-746-5036 for assistance with EVERY chemical shipment.

      - Provide the SDS for the chemical being shipped

Shipping Radioactive Materials

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

      - Contact Chris Tighe at 215–898–8987 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.