July 2, 2014: (FR) Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada

On July 2, 2014 Canada issued new regulations concerning Dangerous Goods Safety Marks. There have been several changes in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations in order to update standards and harmonize requirements with those currently in the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations. The new regulations will go into effect on July 14, 2014.

The new Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations are as follows:

1. Add the terms “overpack” and “consolidation bin”
An “overpack” is defined as an enclosure that is used by a single consignor to consolidate one or more small means of containment for ease of handling, but is not a minimum required means of containment
A “consolidation bin” is defined as bin used in a road vehicle to secure one or more small means of containment so that, under normal conditions of transport, they will not shift in a way that might compromise their integrity; and to allow small means of containment to be added or removed during transport

2. Revise the “Limited Quantity” mark to authorize a reduced size marking on packages on which a full size mark is not able to be displayed

3. Requires that an overpack display the word “Overpack” as well as other required markings displayed on the inner packaging

4. Redefines the conditions under which a “DANGER” placard may be displayed on a large means of containment

5. Adopt new markings for organic peroxides, marine pollutants and limited quantities

6. Allows the display of 4 labels or 2 placards on intermediate bulk containers of up to 3000 liters

7. Provides an exception from placarding for certain hazard classes of dangerous goods having a gross mass of 500 kb or less in or on a road vehicle or railway vehicle

8. Require additional markings on means of containment used to transport materials which are toxic by inhalation

Read the full article in the Canada Gazette.