Hazardous Materials on the Shuttle

Prior to riding on the Research Shuttle Ride, you must review and adhere to the relevant guidelines. When in doubt, ask!

Specific requirements apply for transporting the following items on campus:

  • Biological Materials

    Biological materials can be safely transported between buildings on campus when they are appropriately packaged, labeled, and transported in a manner that minimizes the potential for environmental release.

    The following procedure for preparing and transporting biological materials between university buildings should be used:

    1. Use primary containers designed to contain the material to be stored. Do not use food containers or other containers not originally designed for laboratory storage purposes.
    2. Place primary sample containers into an appropriate secondary container for transport. If sample material is liquid or may release liquids, use a leakproof secondary container with a secure lid (i.e. cooler with a latchable lid). Additionally, place enough absorbent material (i.e. paper towels) in the secondary container to absorb all free liquids in the event that primary containers rupture or break during transport.
      • Package primary containers in the secondary container in a manner that will reduce shock, rupture, and/or breakage. Bubble wrap or similar shock-absorbing materials may also be used to minimize the potential for primary container rupture.
      • Label all secondary containers with a brief description of the contents and an emergency contact name and phone number.
      • Additionally label with the biohazard symbol for blood specimens (regardless of source) or specimens known or suspected to contain a pathogen.
    3. Use a University-owned vehicle whenever possible for transport.

    This procedure does not supercede the MSU Biosafety Manual (PDF) for transporting biological materials off-campus, for transporting non-autoclaved BSL-3 waste or pathological waste.

    Contact Environmental Health & Safety - Biological Safety unit

    T: 517-355-0153
  • Cryogenic Liquids

    Filled cryogen dewars may not be transported on the Research Shuttle Ride.

    Filled cryogen dewars may not be transported in closed vehicles. This includes inside passenger cars, mini-van or SUV type vehicles. Cryogens can only be transported in open vehicles such as flatbed trucks, pickup trucks, etc.

  • Infectious Agents

    Contact Environmental Health & Safety - Biological Safety unit

    T: 517-353-1877
  • Radioactive Materials

    Contact Environmental Health & Safety - Radiation Safety Unit

    T: 517-884-3309