Small containers for the transport of dangerous goods (CAN/CGSB-43.150)

Current status: Closed

Open on July 24th, 2019 and will be closed on September 23rd, 2019.

The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has released the final draft of Safety Standard CAN/CGSB-43.150 for a 60-day consultation period. This standard will be in force once adopted within the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG Regulations).

Safety standard CAN/CGSB-43.150 sets out the requirements for the design, manufacture and marking of UN Standardized small containers in Canada and the selection and use of small containers for the transport of dangerous goods in Class 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8 and 9.

Join in: how to participate

Share your ideas

To obtain a copy of the draft safety standard, please contact the CGSB directly via Robert Long at robert.long@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca. Comments for improvement to the standard may be sent to Robert Long at the CGSB at robert.long@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca using the following instructions.

All comments must be included in the comment form supplied by the CGSB and contain the following information:

  • CGSB Reference Number/Title of the Standard (e.g. CGSB-43.150 / “Design, manufacture and use of UN Standardized drums, jerricans, boxes, bags, combination packaging, composite packaging and other packagings for the transport of dangerous goods, classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, and 9”)
  • affected Clause No. /Subclause No. /Annex (e.g. 7.2)
  • affected Paragraph / Figure / Table / Note (e.g. Table 1)
  • comment (justification for change)
  • proposed change.

Who is the focus of this consultation

All Canadians are invited to participate in the online consultations. Those with a particular interest may include:

  • manufacturers, distributors and retailers of UN standardized small containers
  • users of small containers for the transport of dangerous goods in Class 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8 and 9
  • drum reconditioning facilities.

Key questions for discussion

The TP14850-2018 Standard was published by Transport Canada and can be accessed on its website but it is not in force. The TP14850-2010 Standard is the edition currently in force and was updated over the 2016-2018 period to incorporate changes noted in section “Significant changes from TP14850-2010 to TP14850-2018M (not in force)” below.

Significant changes from TP14850-2010 to TP14850-2018 (not in force)

  • Revised title to: “Design, manufacture and use of UN Standardized drums, jerricans, boxes, bags,  combination packaging, composite packaging and other packagings for the transport of dangerous goods, classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, and 9”
  • Alignment with the 20th edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods - Model Regulations (Orange Book) (e.g. new packing instructions for lithium batteries)
  • New requirement for manufacturers of specified container codes to periodically retest a representative sample of a container design at an interval of no more than five years:
    • introduction of a Dynamic compression testing option for the periodic retest noted above
  • New conditional exemption for the use of plastic drums and jerricans past 60 months of the date of manufacture. This new exemption invokes the following new requirements in the Standard:
    • introduction of the term “fleet operator” and registration as a fleet operator
    • new quality standard requirements for fleet operators
  • Clarification to requirements for transporting dangerous goods intended for disposal, recycling or any other reclamation process
  • Incorporation of drum reconditioning requirements into the Standard which are currently found in 5.12(2) of the TDG Regulations
  • New special case for liquid dangerous goods transported in a Mobile Process Unit. 

The draft CAN/CGSB-43.150 Standard builds on the TP14850-2018 (not in force) and incorporates changes noted in section “Significant changes from TP14850-2018 (not in force) to draft CAN/CGSB-43.150” below.  

Significant changes from TP14850-2018 (not in force) to draft CAN/CGSB-43.150

New conditional exemption from the drum reconditioning requirement if the dangerous goods are intended for disposal, recycling or other reclamation process.

Related information

Contact us

Robert Long, Standards Specialist
Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB)
Email: robert.long@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca
Tel: 873-469-3239
Fax: 819-956-5740

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