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Shipping and Receiving Dangerous Goods by any mode of transport is regulated by Transport Canada and Training is required by law.

The Importance of Training Employees

May 16, 2022

The Importance of Training Employees

The Importance of Training Employees

One of the best ways to enhance knowledge and skills is through training. Getting employees exposed to relevant and consistent training can help companies improve performance and increase results in the workplace.

Dangerous Goods can pose a huge risk to the environment if not properly handled, especially during transit, which is why training is regulated by Transport Canada.

So, training becomes an important role for the employer as it represents a good opportunity for employees to grow their knowledge base and improve their job skills to become more effective in the workplace. Despite the cost of training for employees, the return on investment is immense if it is consistent.

One of the biggest challenges for companies handling or shipping dangerous goods is operating in line with regulations and safety requirements. The rules and regulations around dangerous goods internationally have certain distinct requirements. Shipping internationally by vessel requires compliance with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) and offering Dangerous Goods by air requires compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions (ICAO TI) while  offering dangerous goods by ground transport requires compliance with the TDGR.

What type of training should you provide to your employees before they handle or transport dangerous goods?

Anyone who handles, offers for transport, or transport dangerous goods need to be trained according to the requirements found in Part 6 of the TDG Regulations.

The employees involved in TDG activities are considered adequately trained if they have a sound knowledge of all the aspects of the topics as they relate directly to the person's duties as listed in Section 6.2 of the TDG Regulations.

It is also a requirement that the person who is adequately trained and who will perform duties to which the training relates must have in his or her possession a valid training certificate containing the information specified in Section 6.3 of the TDG Regulations.