Canada’s Legislations on Dangerous Goods
Canada’s government is incredibly strict on occupational safety. While there is a certain amount of risk present in every job, that risk becomes much higher when you handle dangerous goods on a daily basis. To reduce this risk, Transportation of Dangerous Goods training is required by the government, through the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations of 2002.
Jobs where workers handle dangerous goods are regulated by Canadian federal legislation, specifically requiring employers to train its employees in a Transportation of Dangerous Goods course. There are a number of providers that offer this program, included in that list is Hamilton First Aid, a top-tier training provider in Ontario.
TDG at Hamilton First Aid
Transportation of Dangerous Goods training is available as classroom and online courses at Hamilton First Aid. Classroom courses are scheduled anywhere between 8 AM and 5 PM. This is targeted towards people who can attend classes during that time period. Otherwise, online courses are also available. These are targeted towards trainees who have daytime classes or who are currently working.
TDG classroom training runs for a single four-hour session and costs 49.99 dollars. The online course runs shorter and costs less. It runs for three hours and costs 29.99 dollars. There are nine units/modules in a TDG course.
Hamilton First Aid courses are certification programs. Complete the course with at an 80 percent on the exam and you will receive a TDG training certificate. The credential has no expiry date and is accepted all over Hamilton and the rest of Canada.
How to Sign Up
To make our programs more accessible to prospective trainees, we have made online application available below. The form is not downloadable, instead you can fill it up and submit it online. There is a complete list of schedules below to help you pick out the slot you want. We only offer TDG training monthly.
If you want to enroll in person, you can during our office hours (8 AM to 5 PM).
Getting started on training: How to Classify Dangerous Goods
The most important part of TDG training is learning dangerous goods classifications. There are nine classifications for dangerous goods in the TDG Regulations, along with characteristics of each classification.
- Explosives – substance with any of the following: mass explosion hazard, projection hazard, fire hazard, minor blast hazard, minor projection hazard, no significant hazard beyond the package in the event of ignition during transport
- Gases – flammable gas, non-flammable/non-toxic/non-corrosive gas, toxic gas
- Flammable liquids – flammable liquid with a closed-cup flash point less than or equal to 60 degree Celsius
- Flammable solids – flammable solid that is easily combustible, spontaneously combustible, or water-reactive
- Oxidizing substance/Organic peroxide – oxidizing substance which can contribute to combustion of other mateiral or organic peroxide which also releases oxygen
- Toxic and infection substance
- Radioactive material – As defined in the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substance Regulations
- Corrosive substance – Solid or liquid which can damage the skin or corrode metals
- Miscellaneous products, substances, or organisms – includes genetically-modified microorganisms, marine pollutants, and substances tranpsorted at elevated temperatures