The ABC’s of Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are solids, liquids or gases that are flammable, explosive or toxic to people, other living organisms, property or the environment. Manufacturers, shippers & transporters MUST know what they are shipping & properly identify, classify, pack, mark, label & document according to Transport Canada & international dangerous goods regulations.

The 9 dangerous goods classes are: Class 1 Explosives, Class 2 Gases, Class 3 Flammable Liquids, Class 4 Flammable Solids, Class 5 Oxidizing Substances & Organic Peroxides, Class 6 Poisonous & Infectious Substances, Class 7 Radioactive Materials, Class 8 Corrosives & Class 9 Miscellaneous Products or Substances.

Logistics/freight forwarding personnel are required to be adequately trained & maintain valid dangerous goods qualifications at all times in order to properly prepare & process dangerous goods shipments. Regulations stipulate anyone who handles, offers for transport, transports, imports, exports or comes in contact with dangerous goods, must ensure consignors, carriers & consignees have met all applicable requirements. They need to develop an awareness of the legal requirements, operational restrictions & governing entities to know how to champion dangerous goods compliance standards.

The ability to identify any weak links in handling procedures & safety issues & apply them in the workplace to maximize cargo handling is an obligation under Canadian law requiring logistics staff to be trained on the aspects of dangerous goods demanded by their work duties. Non-compliance can result in delays at the time of release of goods, the suspension of privileges & penalties.

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