Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada

Controlled substances are strictly regulated in Canada, with several federal legislations involving training on dangerous goods. A specific act that involves TDG training is the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act 0f 1992. It was created to promote public safety during the transportation of controlled substances. It doesn’t only cover training; it involves different aspects of transporting dangerous goods such as proper container labeling and the emergency response system.

If you work in anyway with dangerous goods or at least transport it, you have to take TDG training. All businesses that produce or use these controlled substances are required to have staff members trained in TDG (as well as the WHMIS – we also offer this program which focuses on hazardous materials). This protects both the worker as well as the employer from untoward incidents.

Training at Halifax First Aid

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods training program is available online and in a classroom program. The online program is a little shorter and costs less. Both programs offer certification after nine units or modules of training.

TDG training in a classroom set-up costs 49.99 dollars, inclusive of tax, training materials, and certification fees. There are six units with a quiz at the end of each, plus a final exam. It lasts four hours.

Our online course costs 29.99 dollars, inclusive of everything, just like the classroom program on TDG. It runs for three hours and has nine modules. Before a student can proceed to the next training module, he/she has to pass the short test at the end of the previous one. After all the units/modules and passing the certificate exam, you will be awarded training credential.

Your TDG Credential

Transportation of Dangerous Goods credentials are valid for life, meaning they don’t have an expiry. While certified trainees may not be required to take training again after a few years, we highly encourage everyone to get an update every three to five years, especially if you work with dangerous goods.

Getting started on training: Classifications of Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are different from hazardous materials. They have a lower risk of injury and damage compared to HAZMATs, which are covered and classified instead by the WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System).

  1. Class 1 – Explosives
  2. Class 2 – Gasses
  3. Class 3 – Flammable Liquids
  4. Class 4 – Flammable Solids
  5. Class 5 – Oxidizing Substances, Organic Peroxides
  6. Class 6 – Toxic and Infectious Substances
  7. Class 7 – Radioactive Materials
  8. Class 8 – Corrosive Substances
  9. Class 9 – Miscellaneous Products, Substances, or Organisms

All containers of dangerous goods must have a label with the following information: date, name and address of consignor, description of foods (shipping name, technical name, “not odorized”, primary classification, compatibility group, subsidiary classification, UN number, packing group), quantity in SI units, net explosive quality, 24-hour contact number, Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP), and control and emergency temperatures.

Need training and certification for Transportation of Dangerous Goods? Sign up today using the online form below or in person during our business hours. Our offices are open from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. You can call during those hours as well.


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