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Dangerous cargo events now require spill, theft reports

Posted: June 1, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

OTTAWA, ON – Transport Canada is now mandating the need for shippers to file an emergency report with local authorities if a tractor-trailer’s dangerous cargo is lost, stolen or involved in a collision.

The amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, effective June 1, aim to improve reporting requirements in order to enhance public safety and improve local emergency response.

Dangerous goods can range from toxic gases to explosives, corrosives or radioactive and highly-flammable cargo.

“Knowledge is power, and with these new amendments, we’ll have more information on dangerous goods than we ever have in the past,” announced federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau. “We can’t just be advised of large events involving dangerous goods, we need to know about smaller incidents as well. The actions we are taking today make our system even safer and will continue to improve how dangerous goods are safely transported across Canada,” he added.

If the release or anticipated release from the trailer endangers, or could endanger public safety, then shippers must create an emergency report to any local authority responsible for responding to emergencies at the location of the release or anticipated release of the dangerous goods.

According to the Canada Gazette, the emergency report must include the following information:

  • (a) the name and contact information of the person making the report;
  • (b) in the case of a release of dangerous goods, the date, time and geographic location of the release;
  • (c) in the case of an anticipated release of dangerous goods, the date, time and geographic location of the incident that led to the anticipated release;
  • (d) the mode of transport used;
  • (e) the shipping name or UN number of the dangerous goods;
  • (f) the quantity of dangerous goods that was in the means of containment before the release or anticipated release;
  • (g) in the case of a release of dangerous goods, the quantity of dangerous goods estimated to have been released; and
  • (h) if applicable, the type of incident leading to the release or anticipated release, including a collision, roll-over, derailment, overfill, fire, explosion or load-shift.
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