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Transportation of Dangerous Goods

What is the purpose of the TDG Act and Regulations?

The purpose of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations is to promote public safety when dangerous goods are being handled, offered for transport or transported by road, rail, air, or water (marine). TDG also establishes safety requirements.

Note: The information below is provided as guidance only. Always check the TDG Act and Regulations to ensure compliance.

Please also see the following documents in this series:

What are dangerous goods?

A product is considered to be a dangerous good when one of the following conditions is met:

  • it is listed in Schedule 1 or Schedule 3 of the TDG Regulations,
  • or if it is not listed in Schedule 1 or 3, it may still be considered to be a dangerous good if it meets classification criteria outlined in Part 2 of the TDG Regulations.

What are the key elements of TDG?

The TDG Regulations are a set of rules that prescribe safety standards and shipping requirements for thousands of different dangerous goods. The Regulations also provide a means of communicating the nature and level of hazard and risk associated with these dangerous goods. The key elements of TDG Regulations are:

  • Training
  • Classification
  • Preparation of documents such as shipping papers
  • Using dangerous goods safety marks to communicate hazards that the product may pose to public or environment
  • Selection of appropriate containment (packaging)
  • Emergency response assistance plans (ERAP) if required
  • Reporting incidents

Training is the most important element. Employees must receive training before they handle dangerous goods.

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