TDG Update – Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Update of Standards)

On July 2, 2014, Transport Canada issued its amendment regarding updating the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG) to reflect recent international standards, and to incorporate some new packaging standards. This amendment is intended to harmonize Canada’s regulations more fully with those used for international shipment, therefore simplifying international transport and improving safety. Please note that is a separate amendment from the one issued at the same time regarding safety marks.

The first thing you’ll notice in this amendment is the table in section 1.3.1, Table of Safety Standards and Safety Requirement Documents, has been extensively revised. Many standard references have been updated to more current versions; one of the most significant updates is the new reference to the Seventeenth Edition (2011) of the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Also, some standards have been deleted, such as CAN/CGSB 43.150, “Performance Packagings for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods,” from the Canadian General Standards Board. Instead, new standards such as Transport Canada Standard TP14850, “Small Containers for Transport of Dangerous Goods, Classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8 and 9” have been added. This will bring in a whole new system for selecting packagings for these classes. Other new standards will introduce UN packaging provisions for portable tanks and rail containers.

Not all standards have been updated; note, for example, that CAN/CGSB 43.125, “Packaging of Infectious Substances, Diagnostic Continue Reading…

DOT Issues Emergency Provisions on Crude Oil Shipments

In the wake of a number of serious incidents involving rail transport of crude oil, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an emergency order regarding these shipments. In order to improve public safety, the DOT will require that crude oil shipments be tested to ensure accurate classification, and that rail shipments of crude oil shipments be classified as Packing Group I or II, until further notice. This order was published on February 25, 2014.

The emergency order is issued under Docket No. DOT-OST-2014-0025, and can be viewed here. It establishes two main requirements for rail shipments of petroleum crude oil:

  1. Persons identified by the order must, prior to offering for transport, ensure that petroleum crude oil is properly tested and classified, as given in the Hazardous Materials Regulations of 49 CFR, Parts 172 and 173.
  2. Petroleum crude oil, UN1267, must be classified, handled and transported as Packing Group I or II; Packing Group III is forbidden during the timeframe of this order.

The order applies to all persons who offer for transportation or transport petroleum crude oil by rail in commerce within the United States. It covers organizations as well as officers and directors of organizations, employees, subcontractors and agents.


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According to the order, “[m]isclassification is one of the most dangerous mistakes to be made when dealing with hazardous materials.” Not only Continue Reading…