Information on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Dangerous goods consist of a list of goods that can severely harm or kill people if the company that transports them does not take the necessary precautions. In Canada, people refer to dangerous goods as hazardous materials, and sometimes they call them HAZMAT. Goods that are radioactive, corrosive, flammable, toxic or allergenic fall into this category of items. A Canadian company may not transport any items unless that company has come up with an effective Emergency Responses Assistance Plan as per the Transportation of Dangerous Goods(TDG) Act of 1992.
The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act
Companies that wish to transport dangerous goods must meet four conditions before they can do so. The first condition is that such people must be in full compliance with any security or safety rule that the regulations specify. Secondly, the company must provide a set of the appropriate documents with the goods. Thirdly, the company in question must package the dangerous goods in the appropriate packaging. Lastly, those goods must be packaged in containers that have been approved by the regulations.
The Specifics of an Emergency Response Assistance Plan
An Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) is a plan of action that a company takes in the event that something goes wrong with the dangerous materials and an accident occurs. Any ERAP has to be approved by Transport Canada’s Department of Transportation of Dangerous Goods before a company can implement it. The ERAP is a well planned intricate plan that the company documents and compiles for approval. It doesn’t just describe what the company will do if an emergency occurs; it describes the intricate plan of preventing such accidents from occurring. It describes who will be in charge of equipment maintenance and other such areas. No company can import or transport dangerous goods without developing an ERAP.
The minimum required sections of an ERAP are as follows: Hazard Identification and Analysis, Roles and Responsibilities, Resources, Third Party Agreements, Emergency Response Procedures, Contact Lists, Records, Plan Activation, Response Actions, Situation Assessment, Resource Mobilization, Damage Assessment, Training & Exercises, and Equipment Availability & Maintenance.
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