Important Changes to Safety Standards Pertaining to Containers for Dangerous Goods Transport following the publication of the Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (International Harmonization Update, 2016)

On July 12, 2017, an amendment entitled Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (International Harmonization Update, 2016) was published in Part II of the Canada Gazette. The amendment is accessible through the following URL: Amendment SOR/2017-137.

This amendment introduces ambulatory references (also known as “dynamic references”) in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) to allow stakeholders to use the most recent versions of certain international codes and safety standards for means of containment. The main driver for this change is to increase efficiency and eliminate the burden associated with having to be in compliance with both current international and outdated domestic regulations.

The 14 technical standards listed below will be dynamically incorporated in the TDGR:

Short Form Safety Standard or Safety Requirement

CGSB-43.123

National Standard of Canada CAN/CGSB-43.123, “Aerosol containers and gas cartridges for transport of dangerous goods”, published by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), as amended from time to time

CGSB-43.125

National Standard of Canada CAN/CGSB-43.125, “Packaging of Category A and Category B infectious substances (Class 6.2) and clinical (bio) medical or regulated medical waste”, published by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), as amended from time to time

CGSB-43.126

Canadian General Standards Board, CGSB-43.126, “Reconditioning, Remanufacturing and Repair of Drums for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods”, published by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), as amended from time to time

CGSB-43.146

National Standard of Canada CAN/CGSB-43.146, “Design, manufacture and use of intermediate bulk containers for the transportation of dangerous goods, classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8 and 9”, published by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), as amended from time to time

CGSB-43.151

Canadian General Standards Board CGSB-43.151, “Packaging, handling, offering for transport and transport of Explosives (Class 1)”, published by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), as amended from time to time

CSA B339

CSA Standard B339, “Cylinders, spheres, and tubes for the transportation of dangerous goods”, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), as amended from time to time

CSA B340

CSA Standard B340, “Selection and use of cylinders, spheres, tubes, and other containers for the transportation of dangerous goods, Class 2”, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), as amended from time to time

CSA B341

CSA Standard B341, “UN pressure receptacles and multiple-element gas containers for the transport of dangerous goods”, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), as amended from time to time

CSA B342

CSA Standard B342, “Selection and use of UN pressure receptacles, multiple-element gas containers, and other pressure receptacles for the transport of dangerous goods, Class 2”, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), as amended from time to time

CSA-B620

CSA Standard B620, “Highway tanks and TC portable tanks for the transportation of dangerous goods”, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), as amended from time to time

CSA-B621

CSA Standard B621, “Selection and use of highway tanks, TC portable tanks, and other large containers for the transportation of dangerous goods, Classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, and 9”, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), as amended from time to time

CSA-B622

CSA Standard B622, “Selection and use of highway tanks, TC portable tanks, and ton containers for the transportation of dangerous goods, Class 2”, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), as amended from time to time

CSA B625

CSA Standard B625, “Portable tanks for the transport of dangerous goods”, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), as amended from time to time

CSA-B626

CSA Standard B626, “Portable tank Specification TC 44”, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), as amended from time to time

When will the regulated community be required to formally adopt the dynamically-referenced standards?

It is a two-fold process:

  1. There is a 6-month transition period, beginning on July 12, 2017, to comply with the most recent versions of the 14 Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards that are now dynamically referenced in the TDGR. During this period you may either comply with the latest version of the standard or with the version that was referenced in the TDGR on the day before the amendment was published. After this period, you must comply with the most recent version.
  2. In the future, whenever a new edition of a dynamically-referenced standard is published, you will have 6 months from the day the revised standard is published to comply. You can voluntarily comply with new requirements once a standard is published.

It is the responsibility of container facilities and other stakeholders to read and understand the sections of the standard that are applicable to their respective activities, to ensure that they are aware of all the changes.

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