Professional Driver's Handbook

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Safe transport of goods

Everyone in charge of dangerous goods - everywhere along its journey - is responsible for its safe transport and must keep these things in mind:

  1. Whoever is in charge of dangerous goods must report to a designated authority in the event of:
    • any discharge, emission or escape of dangerous goods from any container, packaging or means of transport
    • a reportable dangerous occurrence or a collision involving dangerous goods
    • the loss, theft or misplacement of a consignment of products of certain classes of dangerous goods
    • a delay in delivery of certain explosives
  2. Anyone who handles, offers for transport or transports dangerous goods must be a trained person, or performing those duties under the direct supervision of a trained person. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure that employees are trained with respect to the dangerous goods that will be assigned to them. When training is complete, that person is issued a training certificate. Training certificates must be renewed every 36 months.

The consignor is responsible for:

  • supplying the initial carrier with the appropriate safety marks, like placards and the product identification number; and
  • providing the initial carrier with the shipping document or waste manifest, as required

The carrier is responsible for:

  • displaying the appropriate safety marks in the proper manner and location
  • replacing any safety marks that are damaged or lost while the consignment is in the carrier's charge
  • ensuring that all required documentation is complete and accompanies the consignment, that any change in the consignment while it's in their charge is documented and that when a consignment leaves the carrier’s charge, copies of all necessary documents are passed on to the receiver
  • loading and segregating the consignment if appropriate
  • refusing consignments of dangerous goods that do not meet the requirements of the regulations
  • retaining all documents for two years

The consignee is responsible for:

  • completing, signing and forwarding all required documents for wastes to the proper authorities
  • meeting the requirements of a consignor when returning empty packages, containers or vehicles that are not purged or cleaned


Rev: 2017