Proposed changes that Transport Canada has planned for the   next 2 years April 2022 – April 2024.

Proposed changes that Transport Canada has planned for the next 2 years April 2022 – April 2024.

Below please find the proposed changes. We do not believe this is an all-inclusive list and expect these changes to come into force sometime in late 2022 or early 2023:

Highlights of the proposed amendments:

  • Reducing regulatory barriers on cross-border trade with the United States by:
  • allowing U.S. placards when dangerous goods are reshipped by road or rail in Canada;
  • adopting the U.S. exemption for pressurized tanks used in water pump systems; and
  • introducing requirements to mark means of containment that carry non-odourized liquefied petroleum gases.

Reducing the compliance burden on industry by:

  • allowing the display of reduced size labels on a cylinder such as “banana labels”; and
  • allowing the transportation of UN3175, SOLIDS CONTAINING FLAMMABLE LIQUID,  N.O.S. using flexible intermediate bulk containers 13H3 and 13H4.

Referencing the 2018 version of Transport Canada Standard TP 14850E for small containers, which:

  • updates packing instructions to align with the 20th edition of the UN Recommendations; and
  • allows the use of non-standardized containers that exceed 450 litres in volume to transport batteries.

Improving hazard communication of dangerous goods by:

  • requiring the display of the marine pollutant or lithium battery marks on overpacks; and
  • requiring the display of orientation arrows for liquid dangerous goods.

Proposed changes to Part 6 Training 

  • The proposed amendments to the TDGR would remove the term “adequately trained”; incorporate by reference a new training standard developed under the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB); and specify that to be considered competent to handle, offer for transport or transport dangerous goods, a person must receive both general awareness and function-specific training and assessment.
  • The objectives of the proposed amendments are to
    1. (i) ensure greater clarity and certainty about training requirements for persons involved in the transportation of dangerous goods; and
    2. (ii) align training requirements, to the extent possible, with international standards.

Having clearer and more specific training requirements focused on competency would address existing ambiguity and confusion among employers; improve overall safety in the transportation of dangerous goods by reducing the number of incidents caused by inadequate or inconsistent training; and, through the establishment of objectively verifiable criteria, ensure more transparent enforcement.

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