Part 3 of 4: Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada
Working in the transportation of dangerous goods sector in Canada is a high risk profession. According to our customers maintaining certifications, training and exercising is essential to ensuring a safe working environment for all.
This series focuses on how [D4H] can aid you in ensuring you meet your obligations under the Transport of Dangerous Goods(TDG) Regulations. In PART 2 we discussed equipment and today we will be looking at the difficulties customers have faced on how to effectively track personnel details, training and exercising. Five issues have been raised time after time in discussions with our customers:
1. Tracking Resources
According to the guidance given by Transport Canada. An ERAP must include the internal and external resources required for response, this also must take account of contractors and associations.
Our customers have described how they have spent numerous hours compiling their personnel and contractors details. Which is a massive undertaking given that personnel, contractors and subcontractors detail's can be as specific as an ability to respond to one specific product and and not others. They advise how they can now use [D4H] to quickly publish these details up to their governing body and to share across their organizations.
2. Maintaining Records
It is a requirement that records must be maintained for training and exercises related to an ERAP. These also must be available to TDG Inspectors upon request.
Failing to track who’s qualified and when a qualification will expire is major compliance concern for the teams we’ve worked with.
[D4H] allows them to ensure compliance by maintaining records and easily producing team performance reports in a standardized format . This information then also allows teams to focus in on training areas that need development.
3. Training and Exercising
Response personnel identified in the ERAP must be trained on critical aspects of the response plan e.g. product transfers, air monitoring, containment options, incident command system.
Customers advise how there is an obligation to attach an up to date training matrix to their ERAP.
By using [D4H] they’ve ensured everyone has valid qualifications, meets expectations based on group memberships, and holds the required training hours. Meaning that they can easily produce their training matrix.
4. Efficient Mobilisation
An ERAP is considered activated once a call is received advising of a transport related accident or incident involving a previously specified dangerous good.
We’ve been advised by response teams how they’ve provided personnel, advisors and responders with cellular phones, computers and tablet devices to ensure they’re accessible.
By using [D4H] the teams we’ve spoken with have advised how they can now easily target members with Text Messages,Voice Calls (Using our Twilio Integration) and grouped Emails. Customers have commented how they can now ensure they’ve efficient response capabilities as they're using [D4H] to be alerted when not enough personnel are on-call.
5. Up-To-Date Contact Lists
An ERAP must include a contact list for external and internal resources that are required to support the response.
For example, this would include contact information for response contractors, suppliers, poison control centres, air or marine charters.
By tracking their personnel contact details using [D4H] the customers we’ve work with advise how they can easily create an up-to-date contact lists for their ERAP response team. They can also create group contact lists that are used to categorize their personnel, advisors and contractors by roles, abilities, sub-teams etc.
[D4H] Series: Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada
The purpose of this series is to aid you in ensuring you have the best possible information for your ERAP. In the final of this series of blog posts [D4H] will be looking at how we can aid you with debriefing obligations under TDG Regulation. Interested in learning more now? Download an Information Pack or Contact Me.
Part 1 of 4: Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada
Part 2 of 4: Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada
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