Do I Need An Emergency Response Assistance Plan?
When talking to our Canadian transportation customers we regularly encounter the need to put an Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) in place. Customers have been telling us that since the 1979 Mississauga Train Derailment there has been a need for any person offering import or transportation of a dangerous good consignment to have a Transport Canada approved ERAP. This has lead to the introduction of specialized response teams and associations who provide support to first responders during releases of high risk dangerous goods.
What is the Regulation Requirement?
We’ve learnt that under Part 7 of the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act 1992. These plans should describe the specialized response capabilities, equipment and procedures that will be used to support a response to incidents involving high risk goods. Customers have explained how there is a particular emphasis on ensuring that a Contractor or Association is capable of providing the required response.
Why is the ERAP Review and Approval Process so Important?
Here in [D4H] we’ve discovered that the real issues for customers when having their plans reviewed by Transport Canada was not in their response capabilities but their ability to show that they are participating in emergency preparedness and producing accurate incident reports. In these conversations on preparedness the recurring phrases we hear are “tracking personnel training”, “recording response exercises” and “equipment maintenance”. It is important to note that transporters of dangerous goods must print an in date ERAP Registration number on their shipping documents. So ensuring you are ready for the renewal process is a high priority according to the teams we've worked with. As failure to renew on time will have a direct impact on the day to day activities of their business or the business they are contracted to.
Should I Focus on the Small Details?
The difficulties customers are discussing when it comes to incident reporting is their obligations to complete form’s with details as specific as UN Number , Spill Amounts , Weather and Injury Types. We have also learnt of the struggle to keep exact detail's of equipment maintenance and inspection's tracked. The companies we have spoken to have explained how important it is to get these small detail's correct as they may be visited by a TDG inspector at anytime.
[D4H] Series: Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada
The purpose of this planning is to mitigate the consequences of an accident and Transport Canada advise themselves that this is usually accomplished by working with an Information Management System. In the upcoming series of blog posts, [D4H] will be looking at how we can aid you in adhering to you're resource management, personnel recording, exercising, training and debriefing obligations under TDG Regulation.
Part 2 of 4: Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada
Part 3 of 4: Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada
Part 4 of 4: Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada