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Shipping Biological Materials and Dry Ice

Shipment of hazardous research materials is regulated by the Department of Transportation and its branch The Federal Aviation Administration. FAA requires that anyone who ships hazardous materials, including dry ice, be trained to properly pack, mark, and manifest hazardous materials in a way that is compliant with the regulations. Serious fines can result if a package of hazardous materials is not declared on the shipping papers and marking/labeling on the parcel. EHS provides guidance on this area of regulatory compliance and certain training services, mainly geared toward the shipping of biological hazards

Bio-Sample Transport Services

Public transportation (e.g., U-M or City of Ann Arbor buses, private taxis, etc.) must not be used for transport of biological materials.

Definition: Biological materials are any materials taken from humans or animals, living or dead, fresh or preserved (cells, tissues, organs, blood and body fluids), cultures, suspensions or lyophilized prokaryotic or eukaryotic microorganisms, viruses, sub-viral particles, recombinant products, or parasites used for teaching or research purposes.

The Bio Research Shuttle (a clearly-branded van) is available for the safe transport of bio-specimens around campus and replaces transport currently done on university buses. 

  • Travels at 30-minute frequencies along a route focused on core lab areas.
  • Operates 8:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m. (Monday-Friday)--route map and schedule
  • Please board shuttle with properly packaged specimen(s) at signed stop locations.
  • Please also note This is not a courier service; you must board the shuttle with your properly packaged specimens.

Hazard Communication

The operator of a motor vehicle that contains a biological material must be informed of the presence of the material, and must be informed of the requirements in this section.

Means of Transport
The following are means by which biological materials may be transported within and around the university.

Chemical Waste

Schedule waste pick-up; order waste containers, labels and manifests.
EHS Supplies
734-763-4568

Laboratory Gas

  • All laboratory gas deliveries must come to either the Building 90 dock or Building 550 South dock for processing, depending on your lab location. Be sure to indicate the appropriate dock for delivery location in addition to your specific mailing address.
  • Gas delivery vehicles must call Security Post 1 (734-764-9000) upon their approach to the NCRC. Post 1 will then arrange for a NCRC team member to meet them at the dock and coordinate delivery.
  • Dock hours are weekdays, 7:30am- 4:00pm

For gas deliveries on the 2800 side of campus, use the following delivery address:

North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Road, Building 90 dock
ATTN: [Name, Building Number, Room Number]
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

For gas deliveries on the 1600 side of campus, use the following delivery address:

North Campus Research Complex
1600 Huron Parkway, Building 550 South dock
ATTN: [Name, Building Number, Room Number]
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

Regular Shipping

U-M Campus and (United States Postal Service USPS) Mail
Both campus and USPS drop off and pick up is located in the Central Service Center, Building 18, Room G019.
Mail pick up and drop off will be from 8:00am - 9:00am and 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

For all incoming mail deliveries, campus and USPS, use the following address:

North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Road
ATTN: [Name, Building Number, Room Number, Lab, PI]
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

Building 90 Dock Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30am -4:30pm

Packages
Incoming, courier-delivered packages, such as UPS and OfficeMax, will be delivered to your desk.

  • NCRC “Ship To” Code: 1005273A
  • Please be sure to provide your supplier with your phone number.
  • Fed-Ex and UPS drop boxes are located in Building 90 and Building 520. Fed-Ex pick up is at 4:00pm daily. UPS pick up is at 5:00pm daily.

For all incoming package deliveries, use the following address:

North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Road or 1600 Huron Parkway
ATTN: [Name, Building Number, Room Number, Lab, PI]
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

Delivery Locations

  • Building 16, 18, 28: Please bring deliveries and carts through the loading dock at Building 90, rather than through the lobby.
  • Building 100, 520: Please bring deliveries and carts through the South entrance of Building 520 for catering or Building 550 dock for freight/courier, rather than through the lobby.
  • Caterer’s using a cart must come through the Building 90 dock or South entrance of Building 520. Small deliveries may be carried through the lobby as long as no cart is required.
  • If you have a delivery service that comes often, please contact the Research Services at 734-763-0773 to make arrangements for the delivery service to obtain badge access.
  • For all other deliveries at the South side of Building 520, you may open the back door and escort them in.