Written by BSM, a Geotab Company
on June 05, 2015

Dangerous Goods Transport is a Risky Business - Why Explosive Regulations Needed to Change

The initial explosives regulations were drafted in 1985 to ensure all industries handling that subset of dangerous goods met proper standards for public safety.

While the act served its purpose for a long time, the technologies and industries it addressed had significantly changed by the 21st century. The new  Explosives Regulations, 2013 are divided into 20 different parts addressing the manufacturing, transport, and distribution sectors. Overall, the classification of explosives has been updated, new requirements for operating procedures outlined, and various safety requirements added. But most significantly, the Explosives Regulations, 2013 has impacted dangerous goods transport in Canada.

GPS Tracking for Vehicles Transporting Explosives

Most importantly, all vehicles carrying explosives now need to be outfitted with a GPS tracking and communications device. The new Explosives Regulations, 2013 have now gone into effect which means explosives transporters have to act quickly.

If you transport explosives within or through Canada, here are some key things to keep in mind.

1) Permits

Previously, a permit was only required for import of explosives. Now a permit is necessary for exporting and transferring goods within Canada as well. However a permit is not needed if the quantity being transported is less than those set out in the following table: 

2) Tracking vs. Communications

There is a difference between GPS tracking and communication. GPS tracking allows the vehicle to be located at all times, much like the GPS on your phone. A communication system on the other hand, allows communications between the driver and on-site operator. Many options exist, such as an in-cab radio, emergency alert button, or dashboard interface.The carrier must ensure that an individual is present to monitor the tracking and communication system at all times while the explosives are being transported. That person must also be trained to alert the proper authorities in case of an emergency.

3) Compliance Deadline is Flexible 

The deadline for integration depends on the classification of explosives you carry and the individual size of your fleet. Generally, vehicles carrying smaller amounts of explosives can wait until 2017 to comply, while those carrying heavier loads need to act sooner.

4) Timeline Will Vary Depending on Fleet Size

 Installation and integration may need some time depending on fleet size, the system you adopt, and your other specifications. Be sure to incorporate the extra time into your compliance schedule. Many GPS tracking solutions offer pilot runs, where you can install the system on a limited number of vehicles to ensure your satisfaction with the service before committing.

5) Choose a Solution That Does So Much More

GPS tracking an also be used to reduce fuel costs, boost efficiency and have better maintenance records. As everyone in the industry will now have access to this data, those able to draw the actionable insights from data will leave their competitors in the dust. Don't let a rash, band-aid solution make you regret not choosing a more sophisticated system 

The Explosives Regulations, 2013 set out many more requirements regarding permits, vehicles, driver assistance and inspections.

GPS tracking and communication doesn't need to be a necessary headache. Tech-savvy fleet managers have been using the solutions for years to save time, money and paperwork. If you choose the proper partner for your needs, you can get a really impressive return for your investment.

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