Proposed New National Standard for TDG Training, Assessment and Competency (Open for 60-Day Comment Period)

The Canadian General Standard Board (CGSB) has released the first draft of the new National Standard of Canada CAN/CGSB-192.3 entitled “Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training, Assessment and Competency”. Comments are due by October 24, 2019.

Once the Standard is finalized and published, Transport Canada will propose an amendment to Part 6 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, which will allow the Standard to be incorporated by reference. The proposal by Transport Canada will need to go through both the Gazette I & II processes before the standard comes into effect. It is expected that the Gazette I process (proposed change to regulations) could be presented by Transport Canada as early as Q2 – 2020.

The proposed Standard outlines training, assessment, and competency requirements for persons who handle, offer for transport or transport dangerous goods by road, rail, marine, and air in Canada.

Competency describes the capability of performing tasks pertaining to the transportation of dangerous goods (TDG), which is developed through the acquisition of knowledge, skill, and ability. This Standard is widely applicable as it:

  • Identifies and describes function-specific tasks across all modes of transport; and
  • Provides a benchmark to employers in terms of training and determining competencies that suit their operations and workforce requirements.

CTA will be working with its TDG Committee to review the proposed standard and provide feedback to CGSB and Transport Canada before the October 24th deadline. CTA members not already participating in the TDG committee, but who wish to review the standard and provide feedback can email – for more information.

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