Understanding The Basics Of Transportation Of Dangerous Goods (Tdg)

John Langer
Jan 24, 2020   •  3 views

Every chemical industry that deals with hazardous chemicals engage into transportation of dangerous goods. These goods are transported on the regular basis on rail, air and road. Individuals who are dealing with this transportation need should undergo the training and understand how to be very safe while carrying these items from one place to another. Every labor who is indulge in transporting dangerous goods fall under the Transportation Dangerous Act and Regulation. This act sets out the general guidelines and rules including the dangerous goods training. The regulation dictates that any individual works for transporting dangerous goods, needs to undergo the training.


Throughout the training, the individual will learn on handling and transporting good. Moreover, they learn about classifying hazardous good and reporting the incidents.

Key elements of TDG-

One need to understand the key elements of TDG regulation. It prescribes safety standards and shipping requirement for thousands of different dangerous goods. This regulation also provides the means of communicating the nature and level of hazard and risk associated with carrying of dangerous goods. Some of the key elements of TDG Regulations include-

  • Training

  • Classification

  • Preparation of documents

  • Using of dangerous goods safety marks for communicating hazards

  • Reporting Incidents

  • Who must comply with TDG?

Anyone who is into handling dangerous transporting goods by roads, rail or water, need to comply with the TDG regulations. As per the TDG act, handling means-

"handling means loading, unloading, packing or unpacking dangerous goods in a means of containment for the purposes of, in the course of or following transportation and includes storing them in the course of transportation (manutention)”

This regulation also applies when the member of the public transports dangerous goods for the personal use. However, there are some exemptions depending on the type of good carrying. There are three main groups of people handling transport of dangerous goods-

  • Consignors - Individual who ships the dangerous goods such as manufacturers, or distributors.

  • Carriers - Individual who transports the dangerous goods such as trucking companies, air cargo companies, and marine shipping companies.

  • Consignees - Individual receiving the dangerous goods from a consignor.

The TDG training-

When an individual undergoes dangerous goods training, it is important to ensure the safety of other things and people traveling along. Moreover, the training covers TDG symbols, which is required for labeling and placards.

When does the TDG regulations apply?

The TDG regulations are met-after three essential conditions

1.Products meeting the definition for a dangerous good

2.If the product doesn't meet the exemptions under the regulations

3.Product is transported outside the boundaries

When the product meets all the above three steps in transportation, then the TDG regulations are followed.


Before getting into the transporting industry, it is important to know the TDG training. You can even undergo the online TDG training, which is economical and easy to learn.