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Dry Ice Shipments

-Dry ice is considered a hazardous material and is regulated for transportation.

- Packages must allow for release of carbon dioxide gas. Dry ice must never be sealed in a container with an airtight seal such as a jar with a threaded lid or a plastic cooler.

-A package containing dry ice must be of adequate strength for its intended use. It must be strong enough to withstand the loading and unloading normally encountered in transport. It must also be constructed and closed in such a way that prevents any loss of contents that might be caused by vibration or by changes in temperature, humidity, or altitude.

-Never use plastics that can be rendered brittle or permeable by the extreme cold of dry ice. It is recommended that you use commercially available packages intended to contain dry ice, to avoid any potential safety hazards. Styrofoam containers are often used, but must be shipped in an outer packaging, such as a sturdy cardboard box.

-Secure your samples in such a way that when the dry ice vaporizes, they will not move freely inside of the insulated box. This can be accomplished by wedging your samples in place with cardboard or Styrofoam. Fragile containers such as glass tubes or vials should be wrapped with cushioning material.