7.1 General

  1. Each day, products defined as dangerous goods are transported within Canada. These shipments are too numerous to accurately record, but number in the million each year. There is a potential for endangering public safety through dangerous occurrences in the course of transportation with this amount of movement. It is essential for manufacturers, shippers, carriers, users and governments to continually work towards minimizing the risk of dangerous occurrences in the transportation of dangerous goods and the harm done by dangerous occurrences that do occur.

  2. To this end, the Canadian federal government has enacted legislation that regulates the transportation of dangerous goods. The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992 and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations applies to the handling, offering for transport and transportation of dangerous goods by all modes of transport (road, rail, air and marine). The Regulations incorporate by reference the ICAO for the transportation of dangerous goods by air in Canada.

  3. The Dangerous Goods Standards Division (AARXE) provides technical advice to the development of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations and the Division develops and maintains standards, policies, guidelines, and public awareness programs to ensure the safe transport of dangerous goods by air. The division also provides functional guidance and support to dangerous goods inspectors in the Regional Offices.

  4. The ICAO Technical Instructions requires that all air operators, that transport dangerous goods, have an approved training program for their employees. To obtain approval for the training program, the air operators must contact the Regional Dangerous Goods Office.

  5. Regional Dangerous Goods Inspectors conduct audits and inspections of air operators, shippers and forwarders involved in the handling, offering and transportation of dangerous goods by air. In addition, inspectors evaluate air operators training programs, dangerous goods manuals and promote the safe transportation of dangerous goods through Regional awareness programs.

NOTE: Commercial and Business Aviation Advisory Circular (CBAAC) No. 0175 dated 2000.07.06 provides a revised list of address and telephone numbers pertaining to Transport Canada, Regional Dangerous Goods, Civil Aviation Offices only and not with the names of the Resource Persons - TDG indicated in section 7.2 of this manual.

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