Every day, so-called “dangerous goods” are transported across and throughout Canada by road, rail, air and water. If there’s an incident involving any of those goods, such as the derailment of a train carrying petroleum products, workers and members of the public could get hurt or killed, and the environment could be harmed.
That’s why the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA) and related regulations are important. These federal laws, which have been incorporated into the provincial and territorial laws, regulate the transport of designated dangerous goods, including the training of the workers involved in such transport.
Transport Canada has proposed changes to the worker training requirements and published a white paper explaining its recommendations. You can submit feedback on the proposal until Feb. 28, 2017.
The three key recommendations in the proposal include:
- Replacing the term “adequately trained” in the existing regulations with what it means to be a “competent person.”
- Developing a competency-based framework for training that would also give inspectors necessary guidance and support their enforcement actions. Transport Canada wants to develop a national standard or guideline for related curricula, training materials and tests. The scope and structure of a national standard or guideline could allow trainers to develop training materials and tests based on modules or units that cover either basic aspects of the regulations or specialized aspects related to specific job functions. In addition, Transport Canada proposes certifying trainers and accrediting training institutions, such as a private training institution or an in-house training unit within a company.
- Developing a standardized generic “TDG 101” test the public sector would administer and deliver.
The OHSInsider.com has resources, articles and tools you can use to comply with all of the TDGA requirements, including how to comply with:
- The documentation requirements (use this shipping document checklist)
- The emergency response assistance plan, or ERAP, requirements (use this ERAP application checklist)
- The incident reporting requirements.
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