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Two New Transport Canada Alerts — ERAPs & E-cigarettes

by Clifton Brown on March 10, 2015 at 8:24 am · in Clifton's Blog, Transportation of Dangerous Goods


Transport Canada clarifies interpretation of 10,000 L ERAP requirement & warns of “e-cigarette” hazards in checked baggage.


Further to my blogs of January 12, 13 & 28th – Transport Canada has issued an Alert (dated February 2015- posted March 6) stating:

“the ERAP index of 10,000 L will only apply to rail tank cars”

This appears to be an interim solution until the entries can be formally modified in an amendment.

The full ALERT may be found here (PDF).


Another Alert deals with the potential fire hazard of e-cigarette heating elements accidentally activating in checked baggage on aircraft. The units typically are powered by lithium batteries.
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ERAP Changes Potentially Extend Beyond Rail Tankers

by Clifton Brown on January 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm · in Clifton's Blog, Transportation of Dangerous Goods


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Wording of amendment includes highway tankers, IBC, for UN1993, etc.

Recently, I wrote about the December 31 (SOR/2014-306) amendment to the TDG regulations, which contained a change to the substances requiring an ERAP (TDG-approved Emergency Response Assistance Plan) under Part 7.

As worded, the ERAP obligation extends to consignors of the specified flammable liquids in any shipment  of an accumulation of large means of containment (LMOC) i.e. capacity exceeding 450L) exceeding 10,000 L or any individual LMOC containing more than 10,000 L.

The intent was to incorporate the ERAP requirement for petroleum/petroleum-like products being shipped by rail tanker as contemplated in the post-Lac-Mégantic Protective Direction 33.
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Ebola Outbreak Puts Stress on Shippers of Infectious Substances

Ebola Outbreak Puts Stress on Shippers of Infectious Substances

The headlines are frightening – Ebola virus, one of the most deadly viruses known, has broken out in several African countries. Medical authorities are concerned that it could spread beyond that region, carried by travellers all over the world. Laboratories in North America and Europe are on alert for patients showing suspicious symptoms. This, in turn, means that samples and specimens must be transported for testing and verification. How can the medical community deal with transportation of such high-risk materials?

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Ebola virus is considered a “hemorrhagic fever,” which affects the blood system. Its virulence is astonishing, with a fatality rate of between 50 and 90 percent. Combine this with the ability to be transmitted through casual contact, and the lack of specific vaccines or treatment, and it’s understandable why Ebola is such a feared disease. Therefore, it is all the more essential that transporters make sure that they comply with all legal and safety requirements.
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ERAP – When?

by ICC Compliance Center on January 26, 2012 at 8:00 am · in Jim's Blog, Regulations

One of the conundrums of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG) is the requirement to have an ERAP for a UN number that is not listed in Schedule 1 of TDG.

The problem we run into is that Schedule 1 is only up to the 11th Edition of the UN Recommendations on the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods (model regulations). In section 1.3.1, item 39 in the table of standards indicates that TDG is at the 14th Edition of the model regulations. But since the 13th Edition of the model regulations, the UN has issued over 130 new classifications.

But section 1.10 of TDG states:

A person may use the appropriate classification set out in the ICAO Technical Instructions, the IMDG Code or the UN Recommendations to transport dangerous goods within Canada by a road vehicle, a railway vehicle or a ship on a domestic voyage if these Regulations or the document from which the classification is taken does not forbid their transport.
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Transport Canada Issues Amendment 10 to TDG

by Barbara Foster on October 24, 2011 at 8:00 am · in Barbara's Blog, Industry News, Regulations

Transport Canada has recently issued Amendment 10, an update to Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. The text of this amendment can be found at

This Amendment deals specifically with Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs), and compensation for situations where the government has invoked a plan in the event of a terrorist action. Costs that are eligible for compensation include:

  • the salaries and other compensation for employees and contractors;
  • the cost for tools and equipment used, including rental of equipment where necessary,
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