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Amendment dangerous goods safety marks

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This proposed amendment will correct some of the dangerous goods safety mark issues that Amendment 6 brought us. This amendment has been published on Transport Canada’s (TC) website for public input. The consultation period ends October 5, 2009.

The proposed regulatory changes consist of: Section 1.39 will now include Part 4 Dangerous Goods Safety Marks as a section that does not apply for a shipment of infectious material, Category B. In other words, the Class 6.2 hazard label is not required. Section 4.9 goes back to wording prior to Amendment 6 with some additional text to clarify requirements. This section allowed placards to be displayed until all dangerous goods had been removed from the truck.

Section 4.15 will be deleted and replaced with a revised section:

  • Editorial changes to 4.15(1) – “… a placard or a placard and UN number ..”;
  • The table in 4.15(1) has been re-structured – items 1 & 2 deal with dangerous goods that do not meet the requirement for an ERAP; and items 3, 4 & 5 do deal with ERAPs; the intent is to clarify and provide a logical flow of information;
  • Transport Canada is proposing to delete the 4,000 kg rule as it does not provide harmonization with the US;
  • The references to the DANGER placard in the table are removed and replaced with specific paragraphs in Part 4;
  • Section 4.15(2) is to be deleted and replaced by the current 4.15(3);
  • A new section 4.15(3) states that if there is a bulk shipment on a flatbed, the flatbed does not need to be placarded;
  • A new section, 4.15.1, deals with subsidiary placards which is the current section 4.15(4);
  • A new section 4.16.1 deals with the DANGER placard and there are some significant rule changes:
    o The truck must contain dangerous goods in 2 or more different primary classes, and
    o The dangerous goods must be in 2 or more small packages.
  • The DANGER placard cannot be used:
    o When a consignor offers one class of dangerous goods with a gross mass > 1,000 kg;
    o When UN numbers or a subsidiary placard are required;
    o For dangerous goods with emergency or control temperatures are required;
    o Class 1 Explosives;
    o Class 2.3 Toxic Gases;
    o Class 4.3 Dangerous when wet;
    o Class 5.2 Organic peroxides;
    o Class 6.1 Toxic substances with PG I; or
    o Class 7 Radioactive materials.
  • A new section 4.16.2 500 kg Placarding Exemption means that the placarding rules are now permissive, in other words, a placard or a placard and UN number may be displayed even if the gross mass is ≤ 500 kg.
  • Editorial changes to section 4.18(5) regarding UN1005 anhydrous ammonia, namely the date is removed and a requirement for the UN number inserted
  • Section 4.21 Fumigation Sign has text removed to put this into line with the UN, IMDG Code and 49 CFR; the words “… and the fumigant is the only dangerous goods in transport in the large means of containment…” are deleted – if the fumigant is dangerous goods, then the fumigation sign must be displayed, regardless of what is in the container.
  • Section 4.22(1) now reads that the Category B label is used in place of the Class 6.2 label
  • The appendix to part 4 for the UN1005 anhydrous ammonia mark will now read “Placard for ..” rather than “Label and placard for …”
  • In the appendix to part 4, the word “black” is deleted for the Category B mark; this will harmonize TDG with the UN and ICAO Technical Instructions.

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