Dangerous Goods Carried in Toolboxes

by Roger Lessard, Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Dangerous Goods Standards, Civil Aviation, Transport Canada

Toolboxes that contain dangerous goods items are not permitted in passengers' carry-on or checked baggage, or in cargo.

Regulations Governing the Transport of Toolboxes Containing Dangerous Goods

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), and by reference, the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO TIs) regulate the transport by air of toolboxes containing dangerous goods to, from and within Canada.

Any articles or substances contained in the toolbox that are dangerous goods must be removed from the toolbox. These items must be handled, offered for transport, and transported by trained individuals, or under the direct supervision of trained individuals in compliance with the provisions of Part 12, Air, of the TDGR.


The ICAO TIs set out the provisions to aid the recognition of undeclared dangerous goods, and provide a general description of toolboxes containing dangerous goods:

"tool boxes-may contain explosives (power rivets), compressed gas or aerosols, flammable gases (butane cylinders or torches), flammable adhesives or paints, corrosive liquids, etc."

"Operation Toolbox" Poster

Industry and government convened to develop an"Operation Toolbox" poster to raise awareness among trades people. The poster was designed to highlight
examples of items commonly found in toolboxes that cannot be transported by aircraft. The poster artwork is available upon request to any organization.

More information can be found on the following Web site: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/commerce-dangerousgoods-regoverview-passlugg-equipment-1572.htm.

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