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Canada is proud of its pristine environment. In Canada, shipping dangerous goods by road and rail is subject to strict regulations to protect people and the environment. Canada's HAZMAT shipping regulations are codified in the comprehensive Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act, 1992.
What are the governing regulations? Like the safety training required by the United States' Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Canada training is required by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Adequate training is mandated under Part 6 of the TDG. Canada takes these regulations seriously, and compliance is mandatory.
Who must take this training? A TDG training certification is required for all people who handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods on Canada's roads and railways. This includes all employees who handle, load, ship, or transport dangerous goods. There is a provision allowing employees without a certification to be supervised by another employee who holds a training certificate.
Case Study: A train pulling oil tank cars derailed and burst into flames near the small northern Ontario town of Gogama. The accident occurred March 7, 2016, three weeks after another oil-carrying train burst into flames just 14 kilometres away from Gogama. The organization Environment Canada reported that the Gogama oil spill may impact the health of local waterways, affecting the pickerel fish that live there. This, in turn, has the potential to damage the local economy because the fishing tourism industry depends on the pickerel population. Although government and train company officials have issued assurances that after-effects of the accident have been fully addressed, local area residents are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
Key Takeaway: The effects of accidents involving dangerous goods can be far-reaching, extending to human lives and livelihoods, animals, the environment, and the economy. No compromises should ever be made to safety, and all involved in the transportation of dangerous goods should stay current with their knowledge and application of the TDG Regulations.
It will take a MINIMUM of 4 hours to complete this online course and receive a Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training Certificate. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
A training certificate issued for transport by aircraft expires 24 months after its date of issuance. A training certificate issued for transport by road vehicle, railway vehicle, or ship expires 36 months after its date of issuance.