TDG Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAP) Update
On June 30, 2018, Transport Canada issued a proposed amendment to Part 7 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG). This part covers the requirements for Emergency Response Assistance Plans, or ERAPs. Details can be found on Government of Canada’s website.
Canada’s ERAP requirements are unique, not being adopted from the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Essentially, they require consignor of significant amounts of high risk dangerous goods to establish a specific protocol, often involving an on-call response team, that can assist local responders in case of a release. Transport Canada must review and approve the plan before the consignor can offer or import affected shipments (although the approval only has to be issued once.) Since the Lac-Mégantic disaster in 2013, improving ERAP requirements has been a particular concern of Transport Canada’s.
The June amendment has four main goals:
- To clarify how an ERAP should be implemented;
- To enhance emergency preparedness and response;
- To reduce the regulatory burden for those affected by the requirement; and
- To make some general “housekeeping” changes to keep all parts of the regulations harmonized.
Clarifying Implementation of ERAPs
Currently, the regulations are unclear as to how exactly an ERAP would be implemented – presumably it would be by emergency responders or by the person with control of the released material, but it’s never been Continue Reading…
The shippers (consignors) of dangerous goods in Canada as per Section 3.5 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations have to include an emergency telephone number on the transport document. Those consignors can now register online to use the free 24-hour emergency telephone number provided by the Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC). Registering with CANUTEC allows shippers to use the free number and makes the Centre’s technical assistance available in the event of an incident.
You can find more information available on the Transport Canada website:
The federal government has made changes to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act which will increase security for dangerous goods. Most of this is being implemented due to Vancouver hosting the Olympics next year. For the most part there is nothing for anyone to do as there are no regulations for these changes. So there is nothing for us to comply with. The amendments to the regulations for these changes look like they will take some time as I imagine that plenty of people will want to comment on the proposed changes.
Now having said that, the Minister has issued an interim order, which is permitted by the changes to the Act. What the interim order states is that if a person discovers that dangerous goods have been lost, stolen or otherwise unlawfully interfered with, an immediate report must be made to: the local police, CANUTEC at 613.996.6666—and if Class 7—the Duty Officer at the CNSC at 613.995.0479.
You can find some more information at the Canada Gazette website at: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2009/2009-08-08/html/notice-avis-eng.html#d101. This order is effective immediately. The interim order has been put in place due to the Olympics, and for the G8 Summit that will be held in Huntsville, ON in June 2010.