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The transportation of dangerous goods by air, marine, rail and road are regulated under the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992. The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act 1992 became law as a result of the Mississauga train crash of November 6th, 1979. The train was carrying Chlorine gas, Propane and Toluene, all of which present grave danger to public safety.
|At that time the transportation of dangerous goods was regulated for rail vehicles, which ensured proper documentation allowing the emergency response crew to safely evacuate 250,000 people. All provinces and territories, establishing the safety requirements for the transportation of dangerous goods, have adopted these regulations.|
The new clear language version of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, which replaces the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations in force since 1985, came into effect on August 15, 2002.
Changes made to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations came come into effect on February 20, 2008 following the publication of Amendment No. 6 in the Canada Gazette, Part II.
Changes brought forward in Amendment No. 6 will impact 12 of the 16 Parts of the TDG Regulations as well as its three Schedules
Although companies will still be able to conduct their business as they currently do there are numerous changes to the Regulations. GEMC Environmental Management Consultants have familiarized themselves with these changes and the impact they present our client base.
It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that all employees who handle, offer, receive and or transport dangerous goods are trained or work under the direct supervision of a trained employee. Transport Canada has outlined specific training requirements in Part 6 of the TDG Clear Language Regulations.
There are a number of companies that offer training and consulting in the field of TDG. As it is your responsibility to secure adequate training for your employees it is imperative that your company of choice employs qualified trainers. It is the employer that must sign the training certificate not the trainer. As the regulations are frequently amended it is important to know that your service provider will keep you updated on a regular basis. Be certain that the company you chose offers superior customer service as your reputation and compliance standards rely on your decision. If you are self employed the onus is on the individual to be properly trained. Our independent study program delivers the necessary requirements.