Harmonized system better for emergency first responders
TORONTO, June 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, today announced that regulations for identifying the
dangerous goods transported on Canadian roads and rails are being
harmonized across Canada and with the United States and United Nations
The new regulations will bring cross border consistency to the way
dangerous goods are identified, eliminating the need for interpretation
and providing emergency personnel with a clearer understanding of the
risks posed by goods being transported, so they can take appropriate
The amendments clarify how the danger placard is to be used to identify
shipments of certain classes of dangerous goods, such as pool
chemicals, propane and acetone, contained in small packages. They also
introduce new safety marks to identify organic peroxides, marine
pollutants and other dangerous goods transported in limited quantities.
The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on July 2, 2014, and will come into effect on July 14th, 2014.
Prior to her announcement, Minister Raitt met with representatives of
the trucking industry. She addressed the issue of driver fatigue and
the need for safe practices, highlighting Transport Canada's
collaboration with partners in government, academia and industry to
develop the North American Fatigue Management Program. She also noted
the efforts being made by the industry to deal with the looming
shortage of truck drivers, and reiterated the Government of Canada's
ongoing commitment to conduct research, develop technology and work
with the industry to contribute to a safe and efficient trucking
The Minister also discussed the Government of Canada's investment in
highway projects, over the next 10 years, as part of the new
$53-billion Building Canada Plan.
The Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations require safety marks to be displayed on trucks, rail cars and bulk
containers used to transport dangerous goods. The safety marks identify
the presence of the dangerous goods and the nature of the risk they
The amendments to the TDG regulations will clarify the criteria under
which safety mark must be displayed which will facilitate compliance
and streamline enforcement practices.
The trucking industry helps to move some 90% of consumer products in
Canada, generates more than $65 billion a year in revenue and employs
some 400,000 people.
"Our government is committed to a transportation system that is safe,
efficient and facilitates trade. The changes I'm announcing today will
create a safer environment for the movement of goods that are necessary
in a strong, developed economy."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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