Reminder: Amended TDG Incident Reporting Requirements Kick in Dec. 1

As previously reported by CTA Transport Canada (TC) amended the reporting requirements found in PART 8 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations for incidents involving Dangerous Goods Shipments in a Canada Gazette II issued June 1, 2016 and provided a six month transition period to the new requirements.

The amendments change the focus of TC’s reporting requirements for releases or anticipated releases of dangerous goods from a simple volume based approach to a circumstantial – outcome based reporting system that will provide TC better information on incidents involving Dangerous Goods. They also bring into regulation specific security requirements for reporting specified lost or stolen dangerous goods.

By December 1, 2016 carriers required to report incidents involving Dangerous Goods must follow the new reporting structure.

Although similar to what carriers are already doing, TC has introduced some new terminology for the reporting structure and reporting requirements for trucking to CANUTEC should the outcomes of Dangerous Goods Incidents meet very specific criteria.  Below is list of the new reporting structure and associated sections of the TDG Regulations:

  • Emergency Report – Road, Rail or Marine Transport (Section 8.2 of the TDGR)
  • Report of a Release or Anticipated Release – Road, Rail or Marine Transport (Section 8.4 of the TDGR)
  • 30-Day Follow-Up Report (Section 8.6 of the TDGR)
  • Loss or Theft Report (Section 8.16 of the TDGR)
  • Unlawful Interference Report (Section 8.18 of the TDGR)

TC has developed a Guidebook for Reporting Dangerous Goods Incidents (attached) to assist carriers in transitioning to the new reporting requirements that complement and clarify the intent of the regulatory text.   Also provided is a standardized  form that may be used voluntarily to complete the 30-day follow up report (attached). It is strongly recommend carriers fully review the Guidebook for Reporting Dangerous Goods Incidents prepared by TC. A key message for carriers is that newly defined emergency reports should be made if the incidents involving release or anticipated release of Dangerous Goods endangers, or could endanger public safety AND exceeds the quantities specified by TC in the Table provide in Section 8.2 of the TDG regulations.

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In addition to the outreach materials provided above, CTA worked with TC in September to schedule webinars in both English and French to highlight the specific areas of the regulations important to trucking.

CTA’s Transporting Dangerous Goods Handbook by Truck will also be updated at its next printing with the new PART 8 requirements.

CTA members with questions are free to contact part8tdgfeedback@cantruck.ca if they require additional information.

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