In Canada, the Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations is known as TDG. They are a set of rules that prescribe safety standards and shipping requirements for thousands of different dangerous goods. Sounds daunting but lucky for you, Select Delivery Systems is certified for TDG and our exemplary safety and compliance records should give you peace of mind that your goods will be delivered safely from point A to B. We’ve provided a brief overview of things you need to know if you’re thinking about the delivery of dangerous goods.
What are dangerous goods
Dangerous goods are articles or substances that can pose a risk to safety, health, property, or the environment. See the TDG lists here: Schedule 1, Schedule 3.
Who has to comply
In most cases, there are three main groups of people who handle the dangerous goods and thus, have to comply with the regulations. Handling means loading, unloading, packing or unpacking.
- Consignors- The person whose name is on the shipping document or has possession of the dangerous goods immediately before the shipment occurs. Ex. Manufacturers, distributors.
- Carriers – Those transporting the dangerous goods.
- Consignees – Anyone who receives the dangerous goods from the carrier or consignor.
Proof of Classification
A proof of classification is a document that the consignor (sender) must provide upon request. This document can be in the form of a test report, lab report, or a document that explains how the dangerous goods were classified. It must also include the following:
- the date on which the dangerous goods were classified,
- if applicable, the technical name of the dangerous goods,
- the classification of the dangerous goods, and
- if applicable, the classification method used
Prohibited Goods vs. Dangerous Goods
Be sure to examine all of the TDG requirements before shipping your product. As the shipper, you are responsible for ensuring the goods meet the definition for a dangerous good and are not prohibited by law. Prohibited goods may include items such as currency, firearms, drugs, animals and more.
Training is the most important element for the transportation of dangerous goods, and Select Delivery Systems is certified and has trained employees that handle TDG. If you’re ready to schedule your shipment contact us at (403) 225-6080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on shipping dangerous goods, please visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.