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Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (SOR/2001-286)

Regulations are current to 2022-11-28 and last amended on 2021-06-23. Previous Versions

PART 3Documentation (continued)

Keeping Shipping Document Information

  •  (1) A consignor must be able to produce a copy of any shipping document

    • (a) for two years after the date the shipping document or an electronic copy of it was prepared or given to a carrier by the consignor;

    • (b) for dangerous goods imported into Canada, for two years after the date the consignor ensured that the carrier, on entry into Canada, had a shipping document or an electronic copy of one; and

    • (c) within 15 days after the day on which the consignor receives a written request from an inspector.

  • (2) When dangerous goods are no longer in transport, each carrier who transported the dangerous goods must be able to produce a copy of the shipping document that related to the dangerous goods and was required to be in the possession of that carrier while the dangerous goods were in transport

    • (a) for two years after the date the dangerous goods are no longer in transport; and

    • (b) within 15 days after the day on which the carrier receives a written request from an inspector.

  • (3) Subsection (2) does not apply to a carrier who transported dangerous goods

    • (a) from a place outside Canada, through Canada to a place outside Canada or for a portion of such transportation; or

    • (b) entirely outside Canada

      • (i) on board a vessel, or

      • (ii) on board an aircraft that is registered in Canada and leased to a foreign carrier.

  • (4) Subsection (2) does not apply to a carrier who is involved only in handling the dangerous goods, including storing them in the course of transport.

  • (5) The shipping documents referred to in this section may be kept as electronic copies.

  • SOR/2008-34, s. 43
  • SOR/2017-253, s. 52

PART 4Dangerous Goods Safety Marks

Requirements for Dangerous Goods Safety Marks

 A person must not offer for transport, transport or import a means of containment that contains dangerous goods unless each dangerous goods safety mark required by this Part and illustrated in the appendix to this Part, or illustrated in Chapter 5.2 or 5.3 of the UN Recommendations, is displayed on it in accordance with this Part.

  • SOR/2003-273, s. 5
  • SOR/2012-245, s. 18

Voluntary Display of a Placard

 When a person transports dangerous goods in or on a road vehicle or railway vehicle and the person voluntarily displays a placard on the vehicle, the following provisions apply:

  • (a) section 4.2;

  • (b) sections 4.6 and 4.7;

  • (c) subsection 4.9(2);

  • (d) sections 4.14 to 4.15.1;

  • (e) paragraphs 4.15.3(a) and (b); and

  • (f) section 4.16.

  • SOR/2014-159, s. 11

Misleading Dangerous Goods Safety Marks

  •  (1) As provided for in section 6.1 of the Act, a person must not display a dangerous goods safety mark on a means of containment or a means of transport if the mark is misleading as to the presence or nature of any danger.

  • (2) As provided for in section 6.1 of the Act, a person must not display a mark other than a dangerous goods safety mark on a means of containment or a means of transport if the other mark is likely to be mistaken for a dangerous goods safety mark or is misleading as to the presence or nature of any danger.

  • SOR/2014-159, s. 12

Display of Dangerous Goods Safety Marks Before Loading or Packing a Large Means of Containment

 A person must not load or pack dangerous goods into a large means of containment for transport unless, immediately before the loading or packing, the large means of containment has displayed on it the dangerous goods safety marks that will be required when the loading or packing is complete.

Consignor Responsibilities

  •  (1) Before importing dangerous goods or allowing a carrier in Canada to take possession of dangerous goods for transport, the consignor must

    • (a) display or ensure the display of the required dangerous goods safety marks on each small means of containment that contains the dangerous goods;

    • (b) display or ensure the display of the required dangerous goods safety marks on each large means of containment that contains the dangerous goods; and

    • (c) provide to the carrier the dangerous goods safety marks for the dangerous goods that the consignor is offering for transport or importing and that are to be transported in a large means of containment.

  • (2) The consignor is not required to provide the dangerous goods safety marks referred to in paragraph (1)(c) if they

    • (a) are already displayed on the large means of containment; or

    • (b) are not the correct ones to display because of the presence of other dangerous goods in the large means of containment.

  • SOR/2008-34, s. 45

Carrier Responsibilities

 The carrier of dangerous goods must

  • (a) ensure that the required dangerous goods safety marks remain displayed on the small means of containment while the dangerous goods are in transport;

  • (b) display the required dangerous goods safety marks on the large means of containment, unless they are already displayed on it, and ensure that they remain displayed while the dangerous goods are in transport; and

  • (c) provide and display, or remove, the dangerous goods safety marks if the requirements for dangerous goods safety marks change while the dangerous goods are in transport.

  • SOR/2008-34, s. 46

Visibility, Legibility and Colour

 Dangerous goods safety marks must be

  • (a) visible, legible and displayed against a background of contrasting colour;

  • (b) made of durable and weather-resistant material that will withstand the conditions to which they will be exposed without substantial detachment or deterioration of their colour, symbols, letters, text or numbers; and

  • (c) displayed in the colours specified in

    • (i) the appendix to this Part, which colours must conform to the following standards in the PANTONE ® Formula Guide, published by Pantone Inc., 590 Commerce Boulevard, Carlstadt, New Jersey 07072-3098, United States:

      • (A) for blue, PANTONE 285,

      • (B) for green, PANTONE 335,

      • (C) for orange, PANTONE 151,

      • (D) for red, PANTONE 186, and

      • (E) for yellow, PANTONE 109,

    • (ii) Part 172 of 49 CFR, or

    • (iii) Chapters 5.2 and 5.3 of the UN Recommendations.

Labels and Placards: Size and Orientation

  •  (1) Labels and placards must be displayed on a means of containment as they are illustrated in the appendix to this Part, that is, a square on a point.

  • (2) Each side of a label must be at least 100 mm in length with a line running 5 mm inside the edge. However, except for dangerous goods included in Class 7, Radioactive Materials, if that size label, together with the shipping name, technical name and UN number, cannot be displayed because of the irregular shape or size of the small means of containment, each side of the label may be reduced in length by the same amount to the point where the label, together with the shipping name, technical name and UN number, will fit that small means of containment, but must not be reduced to less than 30 mm.

  • (3) Each side of a placard must be at least 250 mm in length and, except for the DANGER placard, have a line running 12.5 mm inside the edge. However, except for dangerous goods included in Class 7, Radioactive Materials, if that size placard cannot be displayed because of the irregular shape or size of the large means of containment, each side of the placard may be reduced in length by the same amount to the point where the placard will fit that large means of containment, but must not be reduced to less than 100 mm.

  • (4) If the size of a label or a placard is reduced, every symbol, letter and number required on that label or placard must be reduced proportionately.

  • (5) If a large means of containment contains dangerous goods included in Class 7, Radioactive Materials, and a Class 7 placard is required to be displayed in accordance with this Part, the means of containment must have displayed on it the Class 7 placard required or the appropriate optional Class 7 placard illustrated in the appendix to this Part.

  • SOR/2008-34, s. 47

Ways to Display a UN Number

  •  (1) A UN number that is required by this Part to be displayed on a small means of containment or on a tag attached to it must be displayed in one of the following ways:

    • (a) next to the primary class label for the dangerous goods; or

    • (b) within a white rectangle located on the primary class label for the dangerous goods, without the prefix “UN”, but it must not obscure the symbol, class number, compatibility group letter or text on the label.

    (image to the left) Red square on point, with in white: a line inside the edge, flame symbol in the top corner and number “3” in the bottom corner. The text “UN1203” is presented in black next to the label. / (image to the right) Red square on point, with in white: a line inside the edge, flame symbol in the top corner and number “3” in the bottom corner. Number “1203” presented in black on a white rectangle in the center.
  • (2) A UN number that is required by this Part to be displayed on a large means of containment must be displayed in black numerals not less than 65 mm high in one of the following ways:

    • (a) on an orange panel placed next to the primary class placard for the dangerous goods, without the prefix “UN”; or

    • (b) within a white rectangle located on the primary class placard for the dangerous goods, without the prefix “UN”, but it must not obscure the symbol, class number, compatibility group letter or text on the placard.

    (image to the left) Red square on point, with in white: a line inside the edge, flame symbol in the top corner and number “3” in the bottom corner. Number “1203” is presented in black over an orange rectangle with a black border next to the placard / (image to the right) Red square on point, with in white: a line inside the edge, flame symbol in the top corner and number “3” in the bottom corner. Number “1203” presented in black on a white rectangle in the center.
  • SOR/2008-34, s. 48

Removal or Change of Dangerous Goods Safety Marks

  •  (1) When the conditions that required the display of dangerous goods safety marks change, the person having the charge, management or control of the means of containment must determine, as a result of the new conditions, whether the dangerous goods safety marks must be changed or removed.

  • (2) The person who neutralizes the contents of the means of containment or who unloads, unpacks, cleans or purges the means of containment must cover or remove the dangerous goods safety mark when the danger indicated by the dangerous goods safety mark is no longer present in the means of containment.

  • (3) When the DANGER placard is permitted to be displayed on a large means of containment, a person may continue to display that placard, in place of any other placard, until the large means of containment no longer contains any of the dangerous goods identified by that placard.

  • SOR/2008-34, s. 49
  • SOR/2014-159, s. 13

Labels on a Small Means of Containment

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  • SOR/2014-159, s. 14
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  •  (1) One label must be displayed on a small means of containment for the primary class and one for each subsidiary class set out in column 3 of Schedule 1 for each of the dangerous goods in transport in the small means of containment, except that

    • (a) a label is not required to be displayed on a small means of containment that is inside another small means of containment if the other small means of containment has a label displayed on it and is not opened during loading or unloading or while the dangerous goods are in transport;

    • (b) the oxidizing gas label, illustrated in the appendix to this Part, must be displayed on a small means of containment for the following dangerous goods:

      • (i) UN1072, OXYGEN, COMPRESSED,

      • (ii) UN1073, OXYGEN, REFRIGERATED LIQUID,

      • (iii) UN3156, COMPRESSED GAS, OXIDIZING, N.O.S., and

      • (iv) UN3157, LIQUEFIED GAS, OXIDIZING, N.O.S.;

    • (b.1) the Class 9, lithium battery label, illustrated in the appendix to this Part, must be displayed on a small means of containment for the following dangerous goods:

      • (i) UN3090, LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES,

      • (ii) UN3091, LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES CONTAINED IN EQUIPMENT or LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT,

      • (iii) UN3480, LITHIUM ION BATTERIES, and

      • (iv) UN3481, LITHIUM ION BATTERIES CONTAINED IN EQUIPMENT or LITHIUM ION BATTERIES PACKED WITH EQUIPMENT;

    • (c) if the dangerous goods are included in Class 7, Radioactive Materials, two labels must be displayed on the small means of containment for the primary class; and

    • (d) when the dangerous goods are included in Class 2, Gases, and are contained in a combination of cylinders each with a capacity greater than 225 L that are a single unit as a result of being interconnected through a piping arrangement, and are permanently mounted on a structural frame for transport, and have a combined capacity exceeding 450 L, the combination of cylinders may be placarded as one large means of containment.

  • (2) For the subsidiary class of Class 1, the label to be displayed is the label for Class 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 illustrated in the appendix to this Part.

  • (3) When a label is required to be displayed, it must be displayed

    • (a) on any side of the outer surface of a small means of containment other than the side on which it is intended to rest or to be stacked during transport;

    • (b) on or near the shoulder of a cylinder containing dangerous goods; or

    • (c) in the case of a label for dangerous goods included in Class 7, Radioactive Materials, on two opposite sides of the outer surface of a small means of containment, other than the side on which it is intended to rest or to be stacked during transport.

  • (4) Despite subsection (3), a label with sides that are reduced to 30 mm in length in accordance with subsection 4.7(2) may be displayed on a tag that is securely attached to a small means of containment.

  • (5) Despite subsection (1), a label is not required to be displayed on a small means of containment that contains a radioactive material if the shipping name and UN number of the radioactive material are displayed on the small means of containment and

  • SOR/2002-306, s. 19
  • SOR/2008-34, s. 50
  • SOR/2014-159, s. 15
  • SOR/2017-137, s. 29

Safety Marks on an Overpack

  •  (1) When a safety mark is required by this Part to be displayed on a small means of containment and the small means of containment is inside an overpack, the person who prepares the overpack must display

    • (a) the word “Overpack” or “Suremballage”, in letters that are at least 12 mm high on a contrasting background, on at least one side of the overpack;

    • (b) the information required by subsection (3) on one side of the overpack, if its capacity is less than 1.8 m3 (64 cubic feet); and

    • (c) the information required by subsection (3) on two opposite sides of the overpack, if its capacity is greater than or equal to 1.8 m3 (64 cubic feet).

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply if a safety mark for each class of dangerous goods inside the overpack is visible through the overpack.

  • (3) The following information must be displayed on the overpack:

    • (a) the primary class label and each subsidiary class label for each of the dangerous goods contained in the overpack, except that only one label is required for dangerous goods that are included in the same class; and

    • (b) the shipping name and UN number of the dangerous goods.

  • (4) When dangerous goods included in Class 7, Radioactive Materials, are transported in an overpack and a label is required to be displayed by this Part, the overpack must be prepared in accordance with section 16(4) of the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations.

  • SOR/2014-159, s. 16
  • SOR/2017-137, s. 30
 
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