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Transport Canada Moves to Update ERAP Requirements

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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:

  1. To clarify how an ERAP should be implemented;
  2. To enhance emergency preparedness and response;
  3. To reduce the regulatory burden for those affected by the requirement; and
  4. 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…

Transport Canada’s New Online CANUTEC Registration System

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:

English
http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/3/SRC-CRS/CANUTEC/index.aspx?lang=0

Français
http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/3/SRC-CRS/CANUTEC/index.aspx?lang=1