Transport, Transfers, and Movement of Hazardous Materials

Moving chemicals within a building or between adjacent buildings

Spills and chemical exposure can occur if chemicals are moved from one area to another.


  1. Do not work alone.  Never transport hazardous materials by yourself.
  2. Moving hours:  Package and move Hazardous Chemicals only during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm) so support staff will be available to help if there is a spill or accident.
  3. Never move open containers of hazardous materials in elevators.  Stairs should only be used if an elevator is not available and only for small containers that can be easily carried by hand.
  4. Complete Lab Safety Training.
  5. Moving quantities larger than 4L is discouraged. 
  6. Keep chemicals in their original packing when transporting, if possible.


  1. Know the hazards of the material and know how to handle a spill of the material.
  2. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).  Minimum PPE includes ANSI-approved safety glasses, lab coat or other appropriate lab attire, and closed-toe shoes.
  3. Containers of hazardous materials or chemicals must be labeled and protected from breakage.
  4. Hazardous materials must be attended at all times during the transportation process.
  5. All containers must have secure, tight-fitting lids.
  6. Incompatible chemicals should not be packed together.
  7. Use a bottle carrier, cart or other secondary container when transporting chemicals in breakable containers  through hallways or between buildings.  Secondary containers must be
  • compatible with the chemical and
  • large enough to hold the entire contents being transferred in the event of breakage.


How can we help you?

Please contact:

  • Marjorie Markopoulos | Biological Safety & Chemical Hygiene Officer |  937-775-2797
  • Greg MerkleEnvironmental Health and Safety Specialist |  937-775-2217