Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air: Part 12 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) were made under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act 1992 (TDGA). They aim to protect and promote the safety of Canadians during the transport of dangerous goods. While the TDGR apply to all modes of transport (air, road, marine, rail), Part 12 requirements are specific to transport by air.

The international transport of dangerous goods by air is regulated by the Technical Instructions (TI) for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). While most transport of dangerous goods by air within Canada follow the ICAO TI, Canada’s vast geography and particular domestic circumstances require alternate rules for certain activities by air. These are laid out in Part 12 of the TDGR.

Transport Canada is reviewing Part 12 of the TDGR. Our aim is to clarify, simplify, and update the regulations while maintaining the safe and efficient transport of dangerous goods. In support of this effort, Transport Canada proposes to take the following actions, among others:

Transportation to or from remote areas (‘Limited Access’ Provisions)

The Limited Access provisions (Section 12.9 of the TDGR) are important to the transport of dangerous goods to remote areas. Communities, businesses, and people in remote locations rely heavily on air delivery of the dangerous goods they need. TC aims to support these locations by relaxing some ICAO TI provisions, when needed, while ensuring the safe transport of dangerous goods by air.

TC proposes to:

  • Clarify:
    • When operators may follow limited access provisions; and
    • How to identify a ‘limited access’ location.
  • Clarify classification and documentation roles and responsibilities. Transport Canada:
    • Will require operators to prepare a limited access dangerous goods document if they transport dangerous goods under the limited access provisions; but
    • Will not require a shipping document.
  • Update the list and amounts of permitted UN numbers and dangerous goods that operators may transport under the limited access provisions. The list will reflect the most commonly issued equivalency certificates (e.g. bear spray).

Aerial Work

The Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR) and the TDGR both contain provisions for aerial work, which sometimes requires the use of dangerous goods.

TC proposes to:

  • Align, as much as possible, the provisions for aerial work under the TDGR with those under the CAR.
  • Continue to exclude Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from the aerial work provisions of the TDGR. As UAV use continues to evolve, Transport Canada will monitor equivalency certificates over time and develop regulatory provisions at a later date, if needed.

These are only some of the ways Transport Canada proposes to clarify, simplify, and update Part 12 of the TDGR. We welcome your input and encourage you to submit comments on these proposals. Transport Canada will receive comments until August 8, 2017.

TC.TDGRegulatoryProposal-TMDPropositionReglementaire.TC@tc.gc.ca

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) were made under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act 1992 (TDGA). They aim to protect and promote the safety of Canadians during the transport of dangerous goods. While the TDGR apply to all modes of transport (air, road, marine, rail), Part 12 requirements are specific to transport by air.

The international transport of dangerous goods by air is regulated by the Technical Instructions (TI) for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). While most transport of dangerous goods by air within Canada follow the ICAO TI, Canada’s vast geography and particular domestic circumstances require alternate rules for certain activities by air. These are laid out in Part 12 of the TDGR.

Transport Canada is reviewing Part 12 of the TDGR. Our aim is to clarify, simplify, and update the regulations while maintaining the safe and efficient transport of dangerous goods. In support of this effort, Transport Canada proposes to take the following actions, among others:

Transportation to or from remote areas (‘Limited Access’ Provisions)

The Limited Access provisions (Section 12.9 of the TDGR) are important to the transport of dangerous goods to remote areas. Communities, businesses, and people in remote locations rely heavily on air delivery of the dangerous goods they need. TC aims to support these locations by relaxing some ICAO TI provisions, when needed, while ensuring the safe transport of dangerous goods by air.

TC proposes to:

  • Clarify:
    • When operators may follow limited access provisions; and
    • How to identify a ‘limited access’ location.
  • Clarify classification and documentation roles and responsibilities. Transport Canada:
    • Will require operators to prepare a limited access dangerous goods document if they transport dangerous goods under the limited access provisions; but
    • Will not require a shipping document.
  • Update the list and amounts of permitted UN numbers and dangerous goods that operators may transport under the limited access provisions. The list will reflect the most commonly issued equivalency certificates (e.g. bear spray).

Aerial Work

The Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR) and the TDGR both contain provisions for aerial work, which sometimes requires the use of dangerous goods.

TC proposes to:

  • Align, as much as possible, the provisions for aerial work under the TDGR with those under the CAR.
  • Continue to exclude Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from the aerial work provisions of the TDGR. As UAV use continues to evolve, Transport Canada will monitor equivalency certificates over time and develop regulatory provisions at a later date, if needed.

These are only some of the ways Transport Canada proposes to clarify, simplify, and update Part 12 of the TDGR. We welcome your input and encourage you to submit comments on these proposals. Transport Canada will receive comments until August 8, 2017.

TC.TDGRegulatoryProposal-TMDPropositionReglementaire.TC@tc.gc.ca