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NSLS ESH Highlight #14

Transport of Hazardous and Radioactive Materials To, From and Within BNL

Date: January 29, 1999
Editor: A. Ackerman, N. Gmür, M. O'Brien

  1. All chemicals as well as other hazardous or radioactive materials must be listed in detail on NSLS Experimental Safety Approval Forms. You will be informed if any chemicals require barcoding by the Chemical Management System (CMS) or if any special handling will be required.
  2. Packaging, labeling and transport of chemicals and hazardous materials to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) must be done strictly according to Department of Transportation regulations. Contact your institution’s Safety Office for guidance. Shipping of chemicals and hazardous materials from BNL must be done through BNL’s Shipping Division and a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) must accompany each item.
  3. If you have additional questions as to what constitutes a hazard OR if you know you are bringing material of significant hazard, contact Andrew Ackerman (516-344-5431; or Chris Weilandics (516-344-2593; well in advance of your arrival to determine agreed upon procedures while at the NSLS. Lack of approved procedures could result in postponement of your experiment.
  4. Transport of ANY radioactive material to, from and within BNL must be done through the BNL Isotopes & Special Materials Group. You are not allowed to transport these materials in your private vehicles or suitcases. Contact I&SM at least 2 weeks in advance of your arrival at BNL: 516-344-5233. Federal law 49CFR170-180 governs transport of hazardous materials to and from BNL.
  5. As a DOE-operated institution, BNL falls under the Price Anderson Amendment Act (PAAA). We must therefore follow the regulations set out in the Code of Federal Regulations 10CFR835, "Occupational Radiation Protection". Not following these regulations makes BNL or an individual liable for civil and/or criminal penalties.
  6. When legally transporting any scientific equipment or samples, you should always carry information on your institution’s letterhead stationary describing the equipment or samples and what hazards they may pose to other individuals, if any. Presenting such information up front at airport terminals, for example, will make your travels considerably smoother.