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Shuttle Shipping Guidelines (University Park/Hershey)
Contact: Curt Speaker, css2@psu.edu814-865-6391

The enclosed guidelines are designed to ensure the safety of personnel who use the shuttle that travels daily between University Park and the Hershey Medical Center. It is also intended to make certain that research-related materials transported over the roads of Pennsylvania are done so in compliance with all applicable transportation regulations.

These guidelines will become effective on October 23, 2006. As of this date, all packages, parcels or equipment transported between University Park and the Hershey Medical Center must be labeled with the attached “University Shuttle Transport Form”. All fields must be filled out, and the shipper must sign the form.

Guidelines for the Transport of Material on the University Shuttle

The purpose of these restrictions is to maintain the safety of shuttle drivers, passengers, the public and the environment, as well as to comply with federal regulations related to the shipment of hazardous materials (e.g. Dept. of Transportation). These restrictions apply to all personnel traveling on the University Shuttle (university or non-university personnel). It is the responsibility of the originator of the shipment to ensure that the material being transported meets the criteria below and poses no risk to personnel or the environment.

Material may be transported on the University Shuttle if, and only if:

  • it is non-hazardous,
  • it is securely packaged to prevent damage (including computers and monitors) and/or leakage, and
  • a University Shuttle Transport Form, signed by the initiator of the shipment, is attached to the package.

Examples of material that may not be transported include:

  • hazardous chemicals such as corrosives (e.g.) concentrated acids, bases, phenol), flammables (e.g. ethanol, acetonitrile), toxics (e.g. formaldehyde, carcinogens), or reactives (e.g. ethers, tetrahydrofuran),
  • dry ice,
  • radioactive material,
  • human or animal blood or body fluids known or suspected to contain human pathogens,
  • biological material (e.g. cells, tissue, culture media) known or suspected to contain human, animal or plant pathogens,
  • machines or equipment known to or suspected of containing any of the above (e.g. equipment with radiation or mercury sources).

A University Shuttle Transport Form can be found on the Safety website at http://infonet.hmc.psu.edu/safety/shuttleform.htm (Hershey) or on the Environmental Health and Safety website at University Shuttle Transport Form (University Park). It must be completed by the initiator of the shipment and securely attached to any package traveling on the shuttle. All information requested on the form must be provided. Any questions regarding the suitability of materials for transport on the University Shuttle must be directed to the Safety Department of the campus initiating the transport. (Hershey, 717-531-7297; University Park, 814-865-6391)

Any hazardous materials that do not meet the above requirements must be shipped via commercial carrier using appropriate packaging and shipping guidelines. At University Park, refer to Policy SY-34 for additional information. At Hershey Medical Center, refer to Safety Program Manual policy HM-16SPM.

Packages without labels will not be accepted.

University Shuttle Transport Form


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