Why Should Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training be Integrated Into Your Chemical Management Program?


The Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations aim to promote public safety when dangerous goods are being handled, offered for transport or transported by road, rail, air, or water (marine). TDG also establishes safety requirements.

Anyone who handles (ships, transports, and receives) dangerous goods by road, rail, air, or water (marine) must comply with the TDG Regulations.

Handling is defined in the TDG Act as:

“handling means loading, unloading, packing or unpacking dangerous goods in a means of containment for, in the course of or following transportation and includes storing them in the course of transportation (manutention).”

The federal TDG Regulations apply to everyone. For example, the regulations apply when a public member transports dangerous goods such as gasoline, oxygen, and propane for personal use. However, certain exemptions exist for small quantities or specific situations.

In most cases, three main groups of people handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods, which must comply with TDG. These groups are:

  • Consignors – Anyone whose name is on the shipping document or imports or has possession of the dangerous goods immediately before shipping hazardous goods, such as manufacturers, distributors, or public members.
  • Carriers – Anyone who transports dangerous goods, such as trucking companies, air cargo companies, marine shipping companies, and public members.
  • Consignees – Anyone who receives dangerous goods from a consignor or carrier.



If you have any questions regarding the Transportation of Dangerous Goods, please feel free to reach out to Global Hazmat, and we can help. In addition, we offer training and consulting for all types and modes of dangerous goods.