Dangerous Goods

The University is required to comply with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations in respect of all goods transported from the University by commercial carriers.

Senders Responsibility

The sender is responsible for completing the following steps in compliance with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations:

  • Identifying and classifying all dangerous goods
  • Providing appropriate packaging and labelling
  • Correctly completing and signing a Shipper's Declaration

Carriers will not accept consignments if this procedure has not been completed.

Due to the variety and technical nature of substances despatched from the University's Central Store, it is imperative that the officer initiating the consignment be responsible for all steps of preparation of the consignment and for signing the required documentation. Goods Inwards Store staff will affix the appropriate labels.

The Goods Inwards Store holds a copy of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, relevant shipping forms and possible contact names of suppliers who would be able to provide advice and material for specialised packaging.

Please telephone the Goods Inwards Store on Ph: (02) 4921 5814 for assistance if required.

Remember, a sender who offers dangerous goods for transportation undeclared or not in compliance with the Dangerous Goods Regulations commits a criminal offence which may result in prosecution.

What are Dangerous Goods?

  • Items which are capable of posing a significant risk to health, safety or property when being transported. Dangerous Goods are classified under the following general headings, which are also printed on the cover of Goods Despatch Advice forms to assist staff when preparing goods for despatch.
  • Explosives: Substances liable to explode if subjected to heat or fire.
  • Compressed Gases: Includes both flammable and non-flammable gases and deeply refrigerated permanent gases such as liquid nitrogen/air etc.
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Flammable Solids
  • Oxidising Materials and Organic Peroxides
  • Poisonous and Infectious Substances: Includes -
    • Substances liable either to cause death or injury or to harm human health if swallowed, inhaled or by skin contact
    • Substances containing viable micro organisms or their toxins which are known/suspected to cause disease in animals or humans

    NOTE: Biological products and "Diagnostic Specimens" are not considered to be dangerous goods provided they do not contain, or are reasonably believed not to contain, an infectious substance, or do not contain any other dangerous substance.

  • Radioactive Materials
  • Corrosive Materials
  • Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods: Substances which do not fit above categories but which pose a risk to aircraft safety unless properly prepared for transport.