Request Form for Shipping Hazardous Goods

Use this form if you are shipping hazardous substances or goods that have come in contact with hazardous substances, regardless of destination. Once the form has been completed, fax it to the Customs & Traffic office at 905-529-0433 for processing. Please follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Please allow 5 working days from the date of request for the preparation of the paperwork.
  • Dry ice as a coolant for a non-hazardous shipment does not require a Shipper’s Declaration For Dangerous Goods or UN Performance Packaging.
  • A current MSDS that includes regulatory information under the “Transport Information” section must accompany this form. MSDS information can be obtained by contacting the manufacturer or by visiting http://ccinfoweb.ccohs.ca/ .
  • Hazardous substances must be packaged in UN Performance Packaging. The Customs & Traffic office will assist you in determining the type of packaging you require and will order the packaging on your behalf. The cost for the packaging will be borne by the shipper.
  • In most cases, the Customs & Traffic office must inspect the package (without the hazardous substance inside) prior to transport.
  • Primary vessels containing the hazardous substance must be compatible with the substance contained in them and not be weakened by the substance or cause a dangerous effect (ie. catalyzing a reaction or reacting with the hazardous substance).
  • The body and the closure of any primary vessels must be so constructed as to be able to adequately resist the effects of temperature and vibration occurring during normal conditions of transport. Stoppers, corks or other such friction-type closures must be held in place, securely, tightly and effectively by positive means (for example by the use of adhesive tape, friction sleeves, welding or soldering, positive locking wires).
  • When filling primary vessels with liquids, sufficient ullage (quantity by which a container falls short of being full) must be left to ensure that neither leakage nor permanent distortion of the packaging will occur as a result of an expansion of the liquid caused by temperatures likely to be encountered during transport.
  • Primary vessels used for solids that may become liquid at temperatures likely to be encountered during transport must also be capable of containing that substance in the liquid state.
  • Primary vessels must be packed, secured and cushioned in an outer packaging in such a way that, under normal conditions of transport, they cannot break, be punctured or leak their contents into the outer packaging and so as to control their movement. Primary vessels that are liable to break or be punctured easily, such as those made of glass, porcelain or stoneware or of certain plastic material, etc., must be secured in the outer packaging with suitable cushioning material. Any leakage of contents must not substantially impair the protective properties of the cushioning material or of the outer packaging.
  • Liquids must be packaged using absorbent material. Absorbent material must not react dangerously with the liquid. A means of containing the liquid in the event of a leakage must be provided in the form of a leak-proof liner, plastic bag or other equally efficient means of containment.
  • The nature and the thickness of the outer packaging must be such that the friction during transport does not generate any heat likely to dangerously alter the chemical stability of the contents.
  • Packages containing liquid hazardous substances must be packed so that the closures on the primary vessels are upward and the “Package Orientation” label indicates the upright position of the package.
  • An empty package that has contained a hazardous substance must be treated in the same manner as is required for a package filled with that substance.
  • Failure to ship hazardous substances in accordance with Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations will result in heavy penalties levied against the person offering the goods for transport (shipper).
  • The shipper is responsible for obtaining appropriate permit(s) and must provide a copy of the permit(s) along with this request.
  • Radioactive shipments – contact Health Physics at extension 24226.
  • If this shipment includes research materials, please contact the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) at extension 22416 to ensure that an appropriate Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is in place prior to submitting this request.

Request Form for Shipping Hazardous Goods