Materials Transportation

As the Sensitive Instrument Facility is located off the main campus, it is accessible only by travel on public roads. Thus, all samples must be cleared for transportation by the Ames Laboratory Shipping Office in accordance with Department of Transportation (DOT) policy.

It is critical that every SIF user transports their sample in a transport box to and from SIF. Samples are no longer allowed to be brought to SIF without being packaged appropriately. This new policy is mandatory. For more information or instructions, please see the SIF Transport Rules link under Useful Links.

Per the United States Federal DOT policy, use of private vehicles, including bicycles, is prohibited for the transportation of hazardous materials in quantities exceeding correctly packaged small/excepted quantities. All shipments are to be listed on a non-commercial transportation form and approved by the shipping department. All hazardous materials will need to be packaged by the certified Haz Mat shipping employee. Failure to follow the outlined requirements can result in DOT civil penalties of up to $55,000 ($100,000 in the case of death) and criminal penalties including fines and imprisonment up to 5 years (10 years if there was release of a hazardous material or death).

All materials submitted on MESA or Materials Processing Requests forms will be reviewed by the Shipping Office. You do not need to submit them separately.