Each year more and more dangerous goods are moved across Canada by road, rail, water and air. These shipments range from industrial chemicals to manufactured goods and, while indispensable to our modern way of life, they can pose a threat if not handled safely.
The transportation of such products by air, marine, rail and road is regulated under the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992. The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, adopted by all provinces and territories, establishes the safety requirements for the transportation of dangerous goods.
Federal and provincial legislation provide for the regulation of an extensive list of products, substances or organisms classified as dangerous.
WHMIS is Canada’s national hazard communication system. Its prime objective is to provide relevant safety and health information to Canadian workers so that they can take the necessary precautions to avoid injury, illness and premature death. The key elements of WHMIS are cautionary labelling, MSDSs and worker education and training programs. WHMIS ensures that employers have adequate information about hazardous materials being used in the workplace so that they can meet their legal obligations under F/P/T OSH legislation to provide a safe workplace. WHMIS addresses both the workers’ right-to-know the identity and hazards of workplace chemicals and the need for industry to protect confidential business information.
Originally founded in 1919, IATA brings together approximately 280 airlines, including the world’s largest. Flights by these airlines comprise
more than 95 percent of all international scheduled air traffic.
Since these airlines face a rapidly changing world, they must cooperate in order to offer a seamless service of the highest possible standard to passengers and cargo shippers. Much of that cooperation is expressed through IATA, whose mission is to “represent and serve the airline industry”.
Continual efforts by IATA ensure that people, freight and mail can move around the vast global airline network as easily as if they were on a single airline in a single country. In addition, IATA helps to ensure that Members’ aircraft can operate safely, securely, efficiently and economically under clearly defined and understood rules.