Amendments to the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Regulations (Amendments) now require shippers of dangerous
goods to immediately file an emergency report with local
authorities if the dangerous goods are lost, stolen or involved in
a collision. Additional reporting must be made to the consignor of
the goods and to CANUTEC if anyone is injured or killed, people are
evacuated, or a building, road or rail line is closed due to the
incident. CANUTEC is the Canadian Transport Emergency Centre
operated by Transport Canada.
These new reporting requirements are in addition to other
federal and provincial reporting requirements.
The thresholds for reporting have also changed, and the release
of any quantity of the dangerous good must be reported, except for
flammable liquids or solids in Packing Group III, where 30 litres
or 30 kilograms or less being released do not have to be reported.
Previously, the reporting threshold was 200 litres for flammable
liquids or solids in Packing Group III. There is no requirement
that the released dangerous goods have to have caused any adverse
effect to be reportable.
The Amendments are designed to improve the quality of
information received by Transport Canada, increase harmonization
with reporting practices in the US and improve local emergency
response to an incident involving dangerous goods. The Amendments
are not yet reflected in Transport Canada's TDG Regulations
Guide on its website.
The new emergency report must be submitted to any local
authority responsible for responding to emergencies in the area. It
must include the name and contact information of the person making
the report, the date, time and location of the incident, the mode
of transportation, the shipping name or UN number of the dangerous
goods, the quantity of the goods being carried, the estimated
quantity released and a description of the incident.
The Amendments expand the definition of a "release" to
encompass more types of incidents, including voluntary releases and
anticipated releases. They also require separate reporting to
Natural Resources Canada for incidents involving explosives in
transit and to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for incidents
involving radioactive materials in transit. Finally, the person
with charge management or control of dangerous goods being
imported, offered for transport, handled or transported must report
to CANUTEC any incidents involving unlawful interference (i.e.,
tampering) with any dangerous goods being transported as soon as
such interference is discovered.
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