Transportation of dangerous goods publications

Find a publication related to the transportation of dangerous goods such as newsletters, research, standards, reports and guides.

Topic Title Description Date TP number

Bulletins

New requirements for nurse tanks transporting anhydrous ammonia in Canada

This bulletin includes important information about TC 51 tanks, nurse tanks and changes to CSA B620:20 and B622:20 standards.

October 2020

 

Bulletins

Volumetric capacity on TC highway tanks

This bulletin covers important safety information about marking and filling highway tanks that transport dangerous goods.

October 2020

 

Bulletins

New requirements for tank testers, tank inspectors and training organizations

This bulletin covers important information about changes to the CSA B620:20 standard, covering certification requirements for highway and portable tank testers and tank inspectors.

October 2020

 

Guides

Guide for Reporting Dangerous Goods Incidents

This guide is for any person involved in any way with the transport of dangerous goods. During such activities, incidents may occur that may lead to spills.

Dec 2017

TP 15294-E

Guides

Competency guidelines for responders to incidents of flammable liquids in transport, high-hazard flammable trains

Transport Canada’s Emergency Response Task Force (the Task Force) developed this Guideline in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association based in Quincy, Massachusetts. It is designed to enhance first responder safety during an incident involving flammable liquids transported by rail, frequently referred to as High-Hazard Flammable Trains (HHFT).

2016

TP 15324-E

Guides

Emergency response guidebook

The 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2016) was developed jointly by Transport Canada (TC), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Secretariat of Transport and Communications of Mexico (SCT) and with the collaboration of CIQUIME (Centro de Informaciòn Quìmica para Emergencias) of Argentina, for use by fire fighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods.

2016

 

Guides

Guide to find out if you need an ERAP

This guide is for anyone who would like to know if they need an emergency response assistance plan (ERAP). Review the following information in full to learn if you need an ERAP.

July 2019

 

Guides

Guide to help you prepare your ERAP

This guide is for anyone who plans on applying for approval of an emergency response assistance plan (ERAP). Review the following information in full to learn what steps you can take ahead of time to help you apply.

July 2019

 

Guides

Guide to apply for approval of an ERAP

This guide is for anyone applying for approval of an emergency response assistance plan (ERAP). Review the following information in full to learn what you must include in your application and how to apply.

July 2019

 

Guides

Guide for persons who have an ERAP

This guide is for anyone who has an approved emergency response assistance plan (ERAP). Having an approved ERAP means that you have received approval for an ERAP from Transport Canada or have been authorized to use another person's ERAP. Review the following information in full to learn what having an ERAP means.

July 2019

 

Guides

You’re Not Alone! - Emergency Response Planning For Rail Incidents Involving Flammable Liquids

This document is intended for local emergency planners as well as police, firefighters and paramedics. It helps communities prepare for potential rail incidents involving the transportation of dangerous goods such as crude oil, diesel fuel or gasoline (flammable liquids).

2017

TP 15367-E

Guides

Guide for cross-border emergency response

This guide is for anyone developing or using cross-border emergency response services (both public and private). It gives general guidance on how to plan for incidents before they happen. It is not a tool for hands-on responders.

2017

TP 15365-E

Newsletter

August 2018

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate’s Mission and Vision

August 2018

Vol. 38 No. 1

Newsletter

June 2017

Emergency Preparedness

June 2017

Vol. 37 No. 1

Newsletter

December 2016

Issuance of New Protective Directions

December 2016

Vol. 36 No. 2

Newsletter

July 2016

EXPLOSIVE NEWS: BLEVE VS HIT

July 2016

Vol. 36 No. 1

Newsletter

December 2015

ERAP Activation – A Case Study

December 2015

Vol. 35 No. 1

Newsletter

2014

Raising CANUTEC Awareness in Salmon Arm, British Columbia

2014

Vol. 34 No. 1

Newsletter

Spring 2013

Canadian National Railways tests natural gas/diesel fuel powered locomotives between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta

Spring 2013

Vol. 33 No. 1

Newsletter

Summer 2012

Risky Business

Summer 2012

Vol. 32 No. 1

Newsletter

Fall 2011

Use of Shipping Names not Appearing in Schedule 1 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

Fall 2011

Vol. 31 No. 2

Newsletter

Spring 2011

Accepting US Hazmat Endorsements in Canada

Spring 2011

Vol. 31 No. 1

Newsletter

Winter 2010

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Winter 2010

Vol. 30 No. 1

Newsletter

Summer 2009

An Act to amend the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992

Summer 2009

Vol. 29 No. 1

Newsletter

Summer 2008

BILL C-56 - An Act to amend the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992

Summer 2008

Vol. 28 No. 1

Newsletter

Fall 2007

Revised Standards for Highway Tanks and Portable Tanks

Fall 2007

Vol. 27 No. 2

Newsletter

Spring 2007

Improving The Accident Survivability Of Railroad Tank Cars

Spring 2007

Vol. 27 No. 1

Newsletter

Fall 2006

Fall 2006

Fall 2006

Vol. 26 No. 2

Newsletter

Spring 2006

Spring 2006

Spring 2006

Vol. 26 No. 1

Newsletter

Winter 2005-2006

Winter 2005-2006

Winter 2005-2006

Vol. 25 No. 2

Newsletter

Spring 2005

ENFORCEMENT

Spring 2005

Vol. 25 No. 1

Newsletter

Fall 2004

Permit SH 6216

Fall 2004

Vol. 24 No. 2

Newsletter

Spring 2004

The REVIEW of the TDG Act... Next Steps

Spring 2004

Vol. 24 No. 1

Newsletter

Fall 2003

The REVIEW of the TDG Act

Fall 2003

Vol. 23 No. 1

Newsletter

Winter 2002-03

30-Day Accident Reporting

Winter 2002-03

Vol. 22 No. 2

Reports

Emergency response task force final report and recommendations

The Emergency Response Task Force (ERTF) submits this Final Report to the Director General, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Directorate at Transport Canada. It presents 40 recommendations on ways to improve emergency response assistance to incidents involving flammable liquids transported by rail.

July 2016

TP 15343-E

Research

Abstract – Hypochlorites reactivity

This report describes a study on how some hypochlorite products react based on factors like temperature and mixing speed.

May 2020

TP 15443-E

Research

Abstract – Effectiveness of Mercury Spill Remediation Techniques

This report details a study that was done to assess how effective two mercury spill treatments were at limiting mercury vapour formation.

February 2020

TP 15432-E

Research

Abstract – Task 3: Combustion Experiments and Modeling

The United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Crude Oil Characterization Research Study in 2015, with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and with the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) serving as technical lead.

August 2019

 

Research

Abstract – Heavy Crude: Closed vs. Open Sampling and the Effect on Light End (C1- C6) Composition over Time

Transport Canada (TC) studied heavy crude oil to learn whether one method of sample collection was better than the other in capturing crude oil samples for the purpose of compositional analysis.

March 2019

 

Research

Abstract: Crude Oil Sampling and Testing Methods Literature Review

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Program commissioned a literature review comparing sampling and analysis methods and their appropriateness to a number of Canadian crude oils.

February 2017

 

Research

Abstract – Task 2: Sampling and Analysis Method Evaluation

The United States (US) Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Crude Oil Characterization Research Study in 2015, with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and with the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) serving as technical lead.

February 2017

 

Research

Abstract: Crude Oil Sampling and Analysis Final Report

The July 6, 2013 Lac-Mégantic derailment and other incidents in Canada and the United States have raised many questions about the safe transport of crude oil by rail.

August 2015

 

Research

Rail tank cars exposed to fire: Literature review of crude oil, condensate and ethanol behaviour

In an effort to better understand how tank cars carrying crude oil behave in fires, Transport Canada asked the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to review related open literature.

 

 

Research

Risk evaluation of tank car top fittings breach in derailments

Transport Canada asked Sharma & Associates, Inc. to investigate how well various tank car top fittings protection strategies performed in derailments. Sharma & Associates, Inc. used a combination of models they originally developed for the United States Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration to analyse the performance of individual tank cars and the forces involved in whole train derailments.

 

 

Research

Natural resources Canada tank car steels literature reviews

At Transport Canada’s request, and with Transport Canada’s support, Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Canmet MATERIALS group conducted reviews of existing literature on the properties of two common tank car steels.

 

 

Research

Abstract – Strength, creep, and toughness of two tank car steels

In accidents involving rail tank cars, these tanks may fail from situations like punctures or pool fire scenarios.

 

 

Research

Review of Environmental Conditions during Freight Transportation

As the global demand for lithium batteries continues to increase, so does the demand for safe shipping particularly by air.

 

 

Research

Lithium Batteries Market Data Collection and Analysis Final Report

In this study, NRC explores the supply chain and commodity flows of lithium batteries and equipment containing lithium batteries in Canada to better understand and mitigate the hazards involved with the transportation of lithium battery shipments, with a focus on products travelling by air.

 

 

Research

Abstract Assessment of the environmental conditions for lithium batteries shipping

Every year, large quantities of lithium-ion cells and batteries (LiB) are shipped around the world by air. If they’re damaged, mishandled or have manufacturing defects, they can ignite and start a fire. Several incidents have already occurred when LiBs have been shipped.

October 2019

 

Standards

Small Containers for Transport of Dangerous Goods, Classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8 and 9, a Transport Canada Standard

The Transport Canada publication TP14850E "Small Containers for Transport of Dangerous Goods, Classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8 and 9, a Transport Canada Standard" has been published and adopted as a requirement of the TDG Regulations. This document was developed after extensive consultation with stakeholders.

October 2010
Second edition

TP 14850-E

Standards

Containers for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail, a Transport Canada Standard

The standard applies to the design, manufacture, maintenance and qualification of tank cars and ton containers and the selection and use of large containers or transport units used in the handling, offering for transport, or transporting of dangerous goods by rail of Classes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, and 9.

2013

TP 14877-E

Standards

Corrigendum to the TP14877E "Container for Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail, a Transport Canada Standard, December 2013"

Minor corrections include the following:

  • addition of the metric values corresponding to the imperial units in the standard (e.g. inches - mm, pounds - kilograms, etc.)
  • clarifications to the Individual Specification Requirements table under section 8.6.24.1
  • modification to the compliance date for class 111 tank cars to reflect the coming into force of 10.5.3 (previously read : […] ordered after the date this standard comes into force […] now reads […]built after January 15, 2015[…])
  • repeal of 4.1.1, 10.5.3.4 and 10.5.3.5 to eliminate repetition.