Why TDG Training Should Be Integrated Into Your Chemical Management Plan?
If you are running a business that involves the use or transportation of the hazardous chemicals, it becomes very important to have your team equipped with the knowledge and information to handle the chemicals in the safer manner. When you are concerned about the safety of your team members while at the workplace, it becomes very important to have a TDG certificate to help them work with the hazardous chemicals at the workplace. Here in this blog we, bring to you everything about TDG course and why it is important for your chemical management plan.
What is the TDG?
The Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations has been established to ensure setting out the standards for worker and public safety when working with the hazardous substances like chemicals, gases, etc. it is worth notable that each province and territory cross the country have their own transportation of dangerous goods legislation, but they all mirrors the Canadian government’s federal regulations.
One of the most important things about the act is that when you have to transport the dangerous goods or chemicals, it is mandatory to use a ferry service at some point. Make sure to check with the ferry service to see what restrictions they have for transporting dangerous goods on their ferry.
What is considered dangerous goods?
Before you plan to get your transportation of dangerous goods training, it is very important to have a good understand of what is considered as the dangerous goods. According to the Act, dangerous goods are any items that fall under
- Schedule 1 (lists items based on United Nations (UN) number) or
- Schedule 3 (the alphabetical index)
Basically, it includes any item that can cause an unreasonable risk to public safety when transported is considered a dangerous good. Whether it is a household item like a floor cleaner or the lithium batteries, it is important to have only a specialist with TDG certificate to handle the transportation process.
How TDG training helps better chemical management program
When your business has different dependents that are linked to one another, they are likely to conduct their own sampling of the products. In order to ensure complete safety of the team members at the entire plant, communication between the industrial hygienist, process engineers and marketing personnel is important to have a good understand of what the chemical properties are of the product they are selling.
And one important thing to note here is that sampling is critical to many elements of a Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) program. It makes a huge impact on the classification which determines safety marks on a means of containment (MOC).
When you have a team equipped with TDG certification, a better sampling strategy can be developed to ensure confidence in the proper classification, which flows into accurate and reliable SDSs. Remember that the proof of classification is a regulatory requirement under TDG and needs to be incorporated into your Chemical Management program.