One thing that amazes me after 25 years in business is the fact that (even long time) customers do not understand the spectrum of products, services, and training we offer. After hearing yet another customer say, “we did not know you did that” I was inspired to tell you this story.
Once upon a time, not so long ago there was a train wreck, not unlike Lac Megantic disaster of late. A man who owned a printing company was inspired to start another company and together with his partners started to print products that related to shipping dangerous goods.
With the onset of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (1985), released by Transport Canada, the company was kept busy producing placards, hazard class labels, signage, and other transportation supplies.
Within a few short years Health Canada introduced WHMIS (1988), where supplier and workplace labels were in high demand. In addition WHMIS introduced Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and with that, the introduction of a new arm of the company. Training was also introduced not only for transportation, but workplace safety as well.
In 1991, The IATA Dangerous Goods regulations, and 49 CFR (remember HM-181?) introduced something new called UN Performance Packaging, or commonly called “POP Packaging” at the time. ICC Compliance Center was one of the first companies to introduce packaging and educate companies on its use.
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July 1 (or June 30, depending on how you count “6 months”), 2015 represents a change in the required order of presenting the shipping description elements on a Canadian dangerous goods (DG) shipping document.
This change was part of the general harmonization (a good, but much-abused word!) with UN and modal regulations that were not specifically highlighted in the title or RIAS for the amendment in Canada Gazette II.*
Since 2005 Canadian consignors have had the option, for domestic ground shipments, to describe the DG on a shipping document in either the “ISHP” (UN#, shipping name, hazard class, PG) or “SHIP” (shipping name, hazard class, UN#, PG) order. No more.
As of the end of the upcoming 6 month transition period following the Dec. 31 CGII (SOR/2014-306) amendment ONLY the “ISHP” format is compliant as specified in the amended TDGR subsection 3.5(1)(c). This brings ground shipments into line with the international and other modal (i.e. IATA & IMDG) documentation requirements. This is logical, after all, in a world where many languages are used but numerical representations are more universally recognised.
A potential glitch in agreement between regulations should be noted by those who ship wastes which may also be classed as dangerous goods, using the Canadian standard “Movement Document/Manifest” required in most regulations.
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