What Is Dangerous Goods Training?


The inability to understand the consequences of inappropriate shipping and handling of dangerous goods can be costly and “dangerous”. Several fatal accidents can be avoided with sufficient information when employees encounter the transportation of hazardous goods. Knowing necessary safety protocols governing the transport of dangerous goods is critical to preventing accidents. 

To minimize the threats associated with transporting dangerous goods and keeping the public and the environment safe, everyone involved must learn about and heed the requirements of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) training is a collection of practical courses applicable to the safe handling, transport, and storage of potentially dangerous materials. The transportation of dangerous goods is easier to achieve when employees are suitably trained beforehand. The training course covers crucial information about legally transporting dangerous goods in Canada.. Upon completion of this course, participants should understand the regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods in Canada, including the following: the nine classifications of dangerous goods; divisions, packing groups, subsidiary classification; the placards, labels, and markings, and requirements surrounding appropriate emergency response in the event of an accidental product release or spill; and documentation needs when transporting dangerous goods. 

Who Needs Dangerous Good Training?

It is important that everyone that has involvement with any aspect of a dangerous goods shipment be training and certified:

  • Loads, unloads, or handles dangerous goods
  • Designs, manufactures, fabricates, inspects, marks, maintains, reconditions, repairs, or tests a package, container or packaging component that is represented, marked, certified, or sold as qualified for use in transporting hazardous material in commerce
  • Prepares hazardous materials for transport
  • Is responsible for the safe transportation of hazardous materials
  • Operates a vehicle used in transporting hazardous materials

In short, all persons involved in the HANDLING, offering for TRANSPORT, and TRANSPORTING of dangerous goods need this training.


What Does This Training Cover?

  • The definition of the nine classes of dangerous goods as well as their associated hazards.
  • Commonly encountered shipping names, classes, UN numbers, and packing groups for dangerous goods dealt with on the job.
  • Safety marks such as labels and placards used to identify the different classes of dangerous goods that are commonly encountered on the job.
  • Understanding of the details that must be on a shipping document.
  • The requirements concerning mixed loads and the need for segregation of incompatible dangerous goods.
  • The correct selection and use of means of containment for the dangerous goods.
  • How to deal with shipping documents, placards, labels, other safety marks or means of containment appear inadequate or inaccurate.
  • What comprises an accidental release, and the reporting requirements if an accident happens.
  • Proper use of all equipment used in the handling, offering for transport and/or transportation of dangerous goods.
  • ERAP – Emergency Response Assistance Plans requirements if a plan is needed.


How Long Is A TDG Certificate Valid?

  • The certificate is valid for 3 years


Global Hazmat’s TDG training course is a popular option for businesses in Canada seeking proper dangerous goods training for their employees. Our team of highly qualified instructors provide expertise in all levels of dangerous goods training.

Our Transportation of Dangerous Goods course offers shippers, carriers, and receivers an in-depth understanding of legislative requirements, information on all shipping documents, the duties, and responsibilities of each workplace stakeholder, and more.

Contact us today to get the most from your employees without encountering huge risks while transporting dangerous items.