The Basics of Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Dangerous goods are transported across the country on a daily basis by rail, air and road, constantly coming into contact with industry workers and the general public. To protect these individuals from the hazards associated with the transport of flammable, toxic, explosive, or corrosive substances, the TDG Act and Regulations were put in place.

The TDG act sets out the general guidelines and rules and the Regulations dictate the rules that apply to each mode of transport, the various classifications of hazardous goods, and the training requirements for those involved in the transportation of dangerous goods. The Regulations dictate that any individual that comes into contact with these goods during the course of their job must have the necessary training to safely handle these goods. This means that anyone that ships, offers for sale, handles, or transports these goods must have proper TDG training. The training educates individuals on the classifications of hazardous goods, the applicable legislation, reporting of incidents, the applicable fines, and the necessary documentation for transporting dangerous goods. TDG training also includes the applicable safety markings, the means of containment and the enforcement process. This training is important to ensure the safety of everyone wherever hazardous goods are being transported.

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