Course duration: 8 Hours
The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (or TDG Act) is Canadian legislation that deals with the handling, selling and transporting of items or substances that are classed as ‘dangerous’ by the United Nations. It’s primary purpose is to promote public safety. The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations are made up of 16 parts, that are like chapters in a book, and three Schedules:
- Schedule 1 is a list of dangerous goods by UN Number
- Schedule 2 is a list of special provisions
- Schedule 3 is an alphabetical index of the dangerous goods in Schedule 1
The TDG Act is enforced by officials who have the authority to issue tickets, refuse vehicles and product into Canada, intervene when dangerous goods are released accidentally, request reasonable assistance and issue directions, inspect shipments and vehicles, inspect and copy documents, take samples for analysis, and seize and hold transportation units and goods for violating the Act.
You will be subject to penalties if you violate the Act. The only defense you have, if you are charged, is to prove you have taken every reasonable precaution to ensure the dangerous goods were transported safely.
Some ways you can demonstrate you have taken ‘every reasonable precaution’ are to have:
- Applied the proper dangerous goods classification
- Used the correct packaging or container
- Applied the proper safety markers, labelling or placarding
- Secured the load properly
- Prepared the correct documentation
- Completed the required training
- Used the correct emergency response and spill containment