ReOpening Ontario - What does this mean for your business?
Ontario has officially entered into Stage 1 of reopening business from the lock-down caused by Covid-19. For some, this means a continuation of status-quo working from home, but for a lot of our clients, it means taking a gradual approach to opening retail locations, restarting construction projects or bringing staff back into the offices. For a lot of businesses this also brings the requirement to re-hire employees put on leave or hiring for the season as summer quickly approaches.
So how you approach bringing people back together after 2-3 months apart in a work environment? The government has laid out very clear guidelines but for some who operate stores in different provinces, this can make for a convoluted approach. In the end, physical distancing from fellow employees, regular and consistent handwashing and general proper hygiene are your best defense.
For TDG ground and International shipping via Air and Marine, some of the rules have changed as countries and businesses adapt. Certificate expiry dates have been extended to facilitate training and special provisions and certificates have been given for items such as hand sanitizer, alcohol and Covid-19 testing kits. These can all be found on the Federal Government website.
We here at GEMC are adapting to the changing environment and are prepared to ensure you have training and consulting coverage in the methods that suit your business best. We have online training, virtual webinar training and modified in-class training ensuring physical distancing. We have increased our label production to ensure we have the stock you need to keep your goods moving as quickly and safely as possible in full compliance. Our staff are here to answer any questions you may have.
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IMO announced that mandatory compliance with the forthcoming IMDG Codeamendment will start on June 1, 2022.
IMO plans to release Amendment 40–20 in early 2021. The new Code may be applied voluntarily after January 1, 2021.
Under normal conditions, Amendment 40-20 would have been published in Fall 2020. Compliance with a new IMDG Code amendment is voluntary in the first year following publication (i.e., 2021) and mandatory in the second year following publication (i.e., after January 1, 2022).
As of January 1st, 2021, the new international safety mark for “LTD QTY” shipments by ground transport in Canada must display this label.
It is important to make sure you and your employees understand when a limited quantity label is required and why. This will avoid refused shipments and protect your business from infractions.
This communication is intended to remind stakeholders that the following temporary certificates will not be renewed beyond January 31, 2021:
TU 0750.1: Training
Note: This temporary certificate allows individuals who had been trained and held valid training certificates on March 1, 2020, to continue handling, offering for transport, or transporting dangerous goods with expired training certificates.