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

Regulations are current to 2021-11-17 and last amended on 2021-06-23. Previous Versions

PART 1Coming into Force, Repeal, Interpretation, General Provisions and Special Cases (continued)

Special Cases (continued)

Excepted Quantities Exemption

  •  (1) A quantity of dangerous goods, other than explosives, is an excepted quantity if

    • (a) the dangerous goods are in an inner means of containment and an outer means of containment that are designed, constructed, filled, closed, secured and maintained so that under normal conditions of transport, including handling, there will be no accidental release of the dangerous goods that could endanger public safety;

    • (b) any of the dangerous goods in the inner means of containment,

      • (i) if solids, have a mass that is less than or equal to the number shown in column 1 of the table to subsection (2) for the corresponding alphanumeric code in column 6(b) of Schedule 1, when that number is expressed in grams,

      • (ii) if liquids, have a volume that is less than or equal to the number shown in column 1 of the table to subsection (2) for the corresponding alphanumeric code in column 6(b) of Schedule 1, when that number is expressed in millilitres, or

      • (iii) if gases, including a gas in a liquefied form, are contained in one or more means of containment each of which has a capacity less than or equal to the number shown in column 1 of the table to subsection (2) for the corresponding alphanumeric code in column 6(b) of Schedule 1, when that number is expressed in millilitres; and

    • (c) any of the dangerous goods in the outer means of containment,

      • (i) if solids, have a mass that is less than or equal to the number shown in column 2 of the table to subsection (2) for the corresponding alphanumeric code in column 6(b) of Schedule 1, when that number is expressed in grams,

      • (ii) if liquids, have a volume that is less than or equal to the number shown in column 2 of the table to subsection (2) for the corresponding alphanumeric code in column 6(b) of Schedule 1, when that number is expressed in millilitres, or

      • (iii) if gases, including a gas in a liquefied form, are contained in one or more means of containment each of which has a capacity less than or equal to the number shown in column 2 of the table to subsection (2) for the corresponding alphanumeric code in column 6(b) of Schedule 1, when that number is expressed in millilitres.

  • (2) When dangerous goods in excepted quantities for which different alphanumeric codes are assigned are together in an outer means of containment, the total quantity of dangerous goods must not exceed the lowest maximum net quantity per outer means of containment that is set out in column 2 of the table to this subsection for any of the dangerous goods.

    TABLE

    Excepted Quantities

    Column 1Column 2
    Alphanumeric CodeMaximum net quantity per inner means of containment (in g for solids and mL for liquids and gases)Maximum net quantity per outer means of containment (in g for solids and mL for liquids and gases, or sum of g and mL in the case of mixed packing)
    E0Not permitted as Excepted Quantity
    E1301 000
    E230500
    E330300
    E41500
    E51300
  • (3) Part 3 (Documentation), Part 4 (Dangerous Goods Safety Marks), Part 5 (Means of Containment), Part 6 (Training), Part 7 (Emergency Response Assistance Plan) and Part 8 (Reporting Requirements) do not apply to the handling, offering for transport or transporting of dangerous goods in excepted quantities if each means of containment is marked on one side, other than a side on which it is intended to rest or to be stacked during transport, with the excepted quantities mark illustrated below.

    Excepted Quantities Mark

    White square with red hatching around the edge. Top centred red stylized capital “E” enclosed in a circle with the three cross bars of the letter E touching the perimeter of the circle. Below the “E”, on the lower half, is one centred black asterisk with two centred black asterisks underneath.
    Black or red: Hatching around edge of square and symbol
    White (or a colour that contrasts, as applicable, with black or red): Background
    Size: Square, and each side must be at least 100 mm
    The symbol is a stylized capital E enclosed in a circle and all three cross bars of the letter E must touch the perimeter of the circle
    Replace * with the primary class
    Replace ** with the name of the consignor or the consignee
  • (4) When dangerous goods in excepted quantities are in a means of containment that is inside an overpack, the following information must be displayed on the overpack, unless that information is on the means of containment and is visible through the overpack:

    • (a) the word “Overpack” or “Suremballage”; and

    • (b) the mark illustrated in subsection (3).

  • (5) The number of outer means of containment containing dangerous goods in excepted quantities on a road vehicle, a railway vehicle or an intermodal container must not exceed 1 000.

  • (6) When dangerous goods in excepted quantities are in an inner means of containment that is inside an outer means of containment, the inner means of containment is not required to be marked in accordance with subsection (3) if

    • (a) the outer means of containment is not intended to be opened during transport; and

    • (b) the outer means of containment is marked, legibly and visibly on a contrasting background, with the mark illustrated in that subsection.

  • (7) If a shipping document or any other document accompanies dangerous goods in excepted quantities, the document must include the words “dangerous goods in excepted quantities” or “marchandises dangereuses en quantités exceptées” and must indicate the number of outer means of containment.

  • (8) These Regulations, except for Part 1 (Coming into Force, Repeal, Interpretation, General Provisions and Special Cases) and Part 2 (Classification) do not apply to the handling, offering for transport or transporting of dangerous goods in excepted quantities that are assigned to alphanumeric codes E1, E2, E4 and E5 in column 6(b) of Schedule 1 if

    • (a) the net quantity of the dangerous goods per inner means of containment is less than or equal to 1 g for solids or 1 mL for liquids and gases; and

    • (b) the net quantity of the dangerous goods per outer means of containment is less than or equal to 100 g for solids or 100 mL for liquids and gases.

  • SOR/2003-273, s. 1
  • SOR/2008-34, s. 8
  • SOR/2014-159, s. 6
  • SOR/2014-306, s. 8
  • SOR/2016-95, ss. 6(F), 41

Medical Device or Article

 These Regulations do not apply to the transport on a road vehicle, a railway vehicle or a vessel on a domestic voyage of

  • (a) a medical device, wheelchair or medical article if

    • (i) the medical device is attached to or implanted in an individual or an animal, or

    • (ii) the wheelchair or medical article is in transport and is intended for the personal use of a specific individual;

  • (b) a radio-pharmaceutical that has been injected in or ingested by an individual or an animal.

  • SOR/2002-306, s. 7
  • SOR/2008-34, s. 9
  • SOR/2012-245, s. 9
  • SOR/2017-253, s. 52

Samples for Inspection or Investigation Exemption

 These Regulations do not apply to samples of goods, including forensic samples, that are reasonably believed to be dangerous goods if, for the purposes of inspection or investigation duties under an Act of Parliament or of a provincial legislature, the samples are

  • (a) in transport under the direct supervision of a federal, provincial or municipal government employee acting in the course of employment; and

  • (b) in one or more means of containment designed, constructed, filled, closed, secured and maintained so that under normal conditions of transport, including handling, there will be no accidental release of the dangerous goods that could endanger public safety.

  • SOR/2003-273, s. 2
  • SOR/2008-34, s. 10
  • SOR/2017-253, s. 5

Samples Classifying, Analysing or Testing Exemption

 Part 2 (Classification), Part 3 (Documentation), Part 4 (Dangerous Goods Safety Marks), Part 5 (Means of Containment), Part 6 (Training) and Part 7 (Emergency Response Assistance Plan) do not apply to samples of goods that the consignor reasonably believes to be dangerous goods, but the classification or the exact chemical composition of the goods is unknown and cannot be readily determined if

  • (a) in the case of

    • (i) samples that are reasonably believed to be a gas, including a gas in a liquefied form, they are in one or more means of containment in compliance with the requirements for transporting gases in Part 5 (Means of Containment), or

    • (ii) samples that are reasonably believed not to be a gas, they are in one or more means of containment designed, constructed, filled, closed, secured and maintained so that under normal conditions of transport, including handling, there will be no accidental release of the dangerous goods that could endanger public safety;

  • (b) the samples are in transport for the purposes of classifying, analysing or testing;

  • (c) the samples are believed not to contain explosives, infectious substances or radioactive materials;

  • (d) the dangerous goods are contained in one or more means of containment each of which has a gross mass less than or equal to 10 kg;

  • (e) the samples are accompanied by a document that includes the name and address of the consignor and the words “test samples” or “échantillons d’épreuve”; and

  • (f) each means of containment has marked on it the words “test samples” or “échantillons d’épreuve” and the words are legible and displayed on a contrasting background.

  • SOR/2008-34, s. 10

Samples Demonstration Exemption

 Part 3 (Documentation) and Part 4 (Dangerous Goods Safety Marks) do not apply to samples of dangerous goods if

  • (a) in the case of

    • (i) samples included in Class 2, Gases, they are in one or more means of containment in compliance with the requirements for transporting gases in Part 5 (Means of Containment), or

    • (ii) samples not included in Class 2, Gases, they are in one or more means of containment designed, constructed, filled, closed, secured and maintained so that under normal conditions of transport, including handling, there will be no accidental release of the dangerous goods that could endanger public safety;

  • (b) the samples are in transport for demonstration purposes;

  • (c) the samples are in the custody of an agent of the manufacturer or distributor who is acting in the course of employment;

  • (d) the samples are not for sale;

  • (e) the samples are not transported in a passenger carrying road vehicle, passenger carrying railway vehicle, passenger carrying aircraft or passenger carrying vessel other than a passenger carrying vessel that operates over the most direct water route between two points that are not more than 5 km apart;

  • (f) the dangerous goods are contained in one or more means of containment each of which has a gross mass less than or equal to 10 kg; and

  • (g) each means of containment has marked on it the words “demonstration samples” or “échantillons de démonstration” and the words are legible and displayed on a contrasting background.

  • SOR/2008-34, s. 10

National Defence

 For the purposes of paragraph 3(4)(a) of the Act, any activity or thing related to the transportation of dangerous goods is under the sole direction or control of the Minister of National Defence if the dangerous goods are in or on a means of transport

  • (a) owned and operated by the Department of National Defence or operated on behalf of the Department of National Defence by

    • (i) an employee of the Department of National Defence,

    • (ii) a member of the Canadian Forces, or

    • (iii) civilian personnel who are not employed by the Department of National Defence if the means of transport is accompanied at all times by, and is under the direct responsibility of, an employee of the Department of National Defence or a member of the Canadian Forces;

  • (b) owned and operated by the military establishment of a member country of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or operated on behalf of such an establishment by

    • (i) military or civilian personnel of that establishment, or

    • (ii) civilian personnel who are not employed by that establishment if the means of transport is accompanied at all times by, and is under the direct responsibility of, military or civilian personnel of that establishment; or

  • (c) owned and operated by the military establishment of another country under an agreement with the Department of National Defence or operated on behalf of such an establishment by

    • (i) military or civilian personnel of that establishment, or

    • (ii) civilian personnel who are not employed by that establishment if the means of transport is accompanied at all times by, and is under the direct responsibility of, military or civilian personnel of that establishment.

  • SOR/2003-273, s. 3

Agriculture: 1 500 kg Gross Mass Farm Vehicle Exemption

  •  (1) Part 3 (Documentation), Part 4 (Dangerous Goods Safety Marks), Part 5 (Means of Containment) and Part 6 (Training) do not apply to the handling, offering for transport or transporting of dangerous goods on a road vehicle licensed as a farm vehicle if

    • (a) in the case of

      • (i) dangerous goods included in Class 2, Gases, they are in one or more means of containment in compliance with the requirements for transporting gases in Part 5 (Means of Containment), or

      • (ii) dangerous goods not included in Class 2, Gases, they are in one or more means of containment designed, constructed, filled, closed, secured and maintained so that under normal conditions of transport, including handling, there will be no accidental release of the dangerous goods that could endanger public safety;

    • (b) the gross mass of all dangerous goods on the road vehicle is less than or equal to 1 500 kg;

    • (c) the dangerous goods are to be or have been used by a farmer for farming purposes;

    • (d) the dangerous goods are transported solely on land and the distance on public roads is less than or equal to 100 km; and

    • (e) the dangerous goods do not include

      • (i) Class 1, Explosives, other than explosives included in Class 1.4S,

      • (ii) Class 2.1, Flammable Gases, in a cylinder with a capacity greater than 46 L,

      • (iii) Class 2.3, Toxic Gases,

      • (iv) Class 6.2, Infectious Substances, or

      • (v) Class 7, Radioactive Materials.

  • (2) Despite the exemption from Part 3 (Documentation) in subsection (1), when an ERAP is required under Part 7 (Emergency Response Assistance Plan), the dangerous goods for which the plan is required must be accompanied by a shipping document.

  • SOR/2008-34, s. 11
  • SOR/2019-101, s. 22

Agriculture: 3 000 kg Gross Mass Farm Retail Exemption

  •  (1) Part 3 (Documentation), Part 4 (Dangerous Goods Safety Marks) and Part 5 (Means of Containment) do not apply to the handling, offering for transport or transporting of dangerous goods on a road vehicle if

    • (a) in the case of

      • (i) dangerous goods included in Class 2, Gases, they are in one or more means of containment in compliance with the requirements for transporting gases in Part 5 (Means of Containment), or

      • (ii) dangerous goods not included in Class 2, Gases, they are in one or more means of containment designed, constructed, filled, closed, secured and maintained so that under normal conditions of transport, including handling, there will be no accidental release of the dangerous goods that could endanger public safety;

    • (b) the dangerous goods are transported solely on land between a retail place of purchase and place of destination and the distance on public roads is less than or equal to 100 km;

    • (c) the gross mass of all dangerous goods on the road vehicle is less than or equal to 3 000 kg;

    • (d) the dangerous goods are to be or have been used by a farmer for farming purposes; and

    • (e) the dangerous goods do not include

      • (i) Class 1, Explosives, other than explosives included in Class 1.4S,

      • (ii) Class 2.1, Flammable Gases, in a cylinder with a capacity greater than 46 L,

      • (iii) Class 2.3, Toxic Gases,

      • (iv) Class 6.2, Infectious Substances, or

      • (v) Class 7, Radioactive Materials.

  • (2) Despite the exemption from Part 3 (Documentation) in subsection (1), when an ERAP is required under Part 7 (Emergency Response Assistance Plan) the dangerous goods for which the plan is required must be accompanied by a shipping document.

  • SOR/2008-34, s. 11
  • SOR/2019-101, s. 22
 
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