Hazardous Waste Transporters

Hazardous waste transport is regulated by the BC Ministry of Environment Hazardous Waste Transporterunder the Hazardous Waste Regulation and the Environmental Management Act.

Under this legislation, all generators of hazardous waste remain responsible for the waste until it is legally and properly transported to, received by and disposed of, at an authorized hazardous waste receiver / processor facility. 

Should a hazardous waste transporter / carrier fail to comply with these requirements and be charged with a violation while managing a generator's waste, the generator may be held liable for any damages as a result thereof. 

Accordingly, it is important for generators to choose their hazardous waste transporter / carrier carefully.

British Columbia Hazardous Waste Licensed Transport and Carrier Licensees

For further information refer to these Fact Sheets:

003 Selecting a Hazardous Waste Transporter

005 Transporters of Hazardous Waste

Manifest

In British Columbia, a manifest (6-sheet non-carbon copy form) is used to track the movement of hazardous waste.  The manifest is the shipping document that travels with the hazardous waste from the point of generation, through transportation, to the final treatment, storage and disposal facility.  It documents the type and the amount of waste, who shipped it (consignor), who transported it, (carrier), who received it (consignee) and how it was handled.  Each party is required to complete their section of the manifest, sign, distribute and keep the appropriate copies.

How to Obtain a Hazardous Waste Manifest

Obtain Your Manifest Student Guide Binder & Related Product List

Dangerous Goods

Some hazardous wastes may also be classified as dangerous goods.  In such instances, Transport Canada's Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act will also apply.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods - A Primer

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Emergency Response

When a shipper wishes to transport a substance that is considered highly dangerous under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992, the shipper must submit an Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) to Transport Canada.

The ERAP - approved by Transport Canada before the shipment is allowed - outlines the actions a shipper would take in the event of an accident. The intent of the ERAP is to provide on-site assistance to local authorities in the event of an accident involving such dangerous goods.

ERAPs are required only for the most potentially harmful dangerous goods -- such as certain explosives, flammable substances and toxic gases -- which may present widespread hazards in the event of an accident.

An ERAP must include, amongst others, the following information:

  • structure of the organization;
  • company's response policy and purpose of the plan;
  • geographical scope;
  • list of dangerous goods covered;
  • 24 hour telephone number that will cause immediate activation of the ERAP;
  • description of the emergency response capabilities including the number of qualified persons available to provide technical advice over the telephone;
  • number of persons available to advise and assist at the scene;
  • list of specialized equipment that is available for use at the emergency site;
  • response actions capable of being taken;
  • description of the transportation arrangements to bring the equipment and personnel to the accident site; and
  • what communication systems are expected to be used there.

Transport Canada Emergency Response Support

Transport Canada also supports emergency response and first responders through its Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC), which is staffed by professional scientists prepared to assist emergency response personnel in handling dangerous goods emergencies.

CANUTEC scientists are knowledgeable and experienced in understanding and interpreting technical information and providing emergency response advice to first responders. The centre operates 24 hours a day and handles over 30,000 phone calls a year.

In addition, Transport Canada provides to police and fire departments in Canada copies of the Emergency Response Guidebook (most recent publication in 2008). It is an informative and comprehensive guide designed for use at a dangerous goods incident occurring on a highway, aircraft, ship or railroad.

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