28 May How are dangerous goods classified for transport?
There are plenty of semi-trailers on the roads. These are filled with various goods. Sometimes they can be frozen products, electronic devices or mechanical parts. However, other times these trailers may contain a completely different type of product: explosives! What is the process when you want to transport such materials? More specifically, how do you classify a dangerous good that you want to transport by road?
What is a dangerous goods classification?
With respect to a dangerous good, a classification refers to the shipping name, primary class, accounting group, subsidiary class, UN number, packing group and substance category.
The shipper is responsible for determining the classification of a dangerous good. When transporting hazardous explosive materials, the shipper is required to use the classification prescribed by Natural Resources Canada. If the dangerous good is radioactive, the shipper must use the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission classification, while if it is biologically hazardous, the shipper must use the classification provided by Health Canada or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
How is this classification made?
Dangerous goods classifications can be assigned to a consultant or an employee who has received training in TDG classification. Generally, the classification process is carried out in conjunction with a qualified person who understands the nature of the goods. This could be, for example, a chemist, a researcher or a scientist.
The shipper must assume responsibility for all preparatory work relating to the transport of dangerous goods. This includes classifying dangerous goods, completing all necessary documents, affixing all required safety labels and selecting the appropriate transport container. Further preparatory work may be required.
What is proof of classification?
Once the dangerous goods have been properly classified, the shipper is required to make proof of classification available to the Minister of Transport Canada. This proof of classification must indicate the date on which the dangerous goods were classified, the technical name of the goods, their classification and the method of classification used. The regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials, including explosives, are therefore very strict in Quebec.
Transport classified dangerous goods efficiently
Classifying hazardous materials is a complex but essential technical process that varies depending on the chosen mode of transport. Since the shipper is responsible for taking the necessary steps, professional assistance is often essential. Once all this work has been done, all you have to do is choose a transport company that can deliver the goods to their destination.
Are you a manufacturer or operator who wants to use dangerous goods freight? Contact Transport EconoNord. Whatever your material, Transport EconoNord has the permits and skills needed to support you in your efforts.