2nd Dangerous Goods Conference - 28th April 2017 - Ontario, Canada

IDC Technologies recently held the 2nd Dangerous Goods Conference in Mississauga, Ontario on 28th April 2017. The event was received highly among attending delegates who were able to take the acquired knowledge to their workplace to apply best practices every day. The conference boasted eight presentations which covered a variety of topics from industry experts. Barbara Foster from ICC Compliance Center wrote the following summary for each presentation:

Dale Gration, Manager of Transportation of Dangerous Goods Ontario Region, Transport Canada, gave an interesting summary of current and upcoming Transport Canada amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations.

Barbara Foster, Senior Regulatory Consultant at ICC Compliance Center Inc. presented an overview of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) changes to health and safety regulations, and whether the GHS Purple Book has achieved worthwhile harmonization in the same way as the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (the Orange Book).

Pierre Boies, President of Gestion Sécure P. Boies Inc. spoke on the effects of the Air Cargo Security Program. Pierre discussed general requirements as well as security aspects for dangerous goods.

Mark Roehler, Principle, LEHDER Environmental Services Ltd, gave his perspective on the similarities, as well as considerable differences, in classification of hazardous waste under the environmental regulations as compared to TDG. He gave special attention to classification under Ontario’s Regulation 347, but stressed that each province has its unique features.

Michel Hachey, Chief Technical Communicator, MG Chemicals, took a chemist’s look at the environmental effects of toxic metals in the environment. Many metals may be marine pollutants for transportation, but the classification can depend on multiple factors such as the size of the metal particles.

Amber Rushton, National Manager, Emergency Management Lead of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers, OAEM, took us through the role of the professional emergency manager. The emergency manager, she stressed, is an essential part of a coordinated emergency response effort, helping all parts of the system function effectively together.

Clifton Brown, Regulatory Consultant, ICC Compliance Center Inc. presented his study of the effect the current lithium battery regulations are having on air safety, with a look over the history of accidents involving these batteries since they were first introduced in the early 1990s.

Finally, Greg Fulford of Nordion addressed the unique requirements for transporting Class 7 radioactives, which involves combining TDG with other regulations such as the “Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Substances Regulations.” When it comes to regulatory oversight, it appears some classes of dangerous goods are more equal than others, and Class 7 is the most equal of them all. Greg gave delegates the opportunity to help assemble a box of mock radioactive chemicals for transportation.

The Friday event concluded with presenters and delegates joining each other for a networking session, where they shared opinions, personal experiences in the industry, and a drink (or two). The conference was very interactive with audience members invited to ask questions throughout the presentations making for an engaging and collaborative event.

A special mention and thank you to the sponsors of the event ICC Compliance Center, and the Engineering Institute of Technology.

For further information on the Arc Flash Compliance Conference or to purchase the technical papers and slides from the conference, please contact 1300 138 522 or email conferences@idc-online.com

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