Course offers training in hazardous materials transportation

November 20, 2011
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Those who transport explosives, flammables and corrosive and toxic chemicals in and out of Canada know it is critical to move them the safest way possible.

Knowing what Canada’s transportation standards entail can save companies time, headaches and, ultimately, save lives. Summit Training Source Inc., a Grand Rapids company that produces environmental, health and safety training and compliance programs to more than 35,000 organizations worldwide, recently launched the online training program “Transportation of Dangerous Goods,” which addresses Canada’s rules and regulations, said Scott Wallace, Summit Training’s production manager.

“Canada has similar rules to the United States, but it’s a different governing body so … the fines and rules are a little different,” said Wallace.

The course covers the minutia of what must be done if companies are transporting hazardous materials and toxic chemicals out of Canada as well as bringing them in, said Wallace.

The program, available for $29.95 per student per training course, concentrates on the transportation of dangerous goods and regulations in Canada. Its intent is to ensure employees grasp how to transfer materials safely, all of which is conveyed via content, video, animation and real-life interactions. A free demo is available by contacting Summit at (800) 842-0466 or visiting

The online course covers the purpose of Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, when a material is considered hazardous and the job functions of its regulations.

The TDG was created to minimize the danger posed by transporting, offering and handling hazardous materials to those using highways, railroads, waterways, or traveling by air in Canada.

Wallace surmises U.S. companies are shipping hazardous wastes to Canada for cost-effective reasons. “It would be like purchasing any other materials or service where it’s going with the lowest bid or the most cost savings for them,” said Wallace.

Wallace said he’s keeping tabs on whether the United States adopts the Globally Harmonized System. Wallace said he is unsure where Canada is in potentially adopting GHS, which is intended to replace various different classifications and labeling standards used in various countries by replacing those standards with consistent criteria for classification and labeling on a global level. GHS includes a range of physical and health hazards such as flammable aerosols, explosives and reproductive toxicity.

“We’re watching that very closely,” said Wallace. “If everybody adopted (GHS), then it would be all the same for any country, and that would help as far as training and best safety practices throughout the world.

“And that’s where the GHS could make things easier if going into or out of Canada,” continued Wallace. “Right now you have to not only comply with rules and regs in Canada, but you have to comply with the U.S. rules and regs, and if you had the GHS, it would be a ubiquitous standard.”

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