Question: How often is Spill Response Training required to be updated?
Answer: The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations require adequate training every two years or every three years depending on other requirements.
Adequate training includes what to do if something goes wrong with Dangerous Goods and Controlled products.
WorksafeBC requires Worker Training Yearly for the specific chemicals they use – in Section 5.5. Section 5.7 outlines Worker Training, and Section 5.102 shows training and Drills for spills and releases.
Based on this, we recommend that staff be trained every two years, however the BC Regulations state clearly it must be done yearly.
We recommend a two-year re-certification cycle for Spill Response. Refresher training is part of Due Diligence. Workers who don’t actually respond to spills on a regular basis tend to forget what to do and how to do it safely and properly. Also, methods, materials and reporting requirements often change, which the workers would not know without retraining.
Question: I have a question about IATA DGR addendums. How will you ensure that you have the latest addendum for the current edition? Do you need to go every morning to IATA’s website and check it out from there?
Answer: As an Instructor, I check for these addendums every week. I recommend to the students to do this at least once a month. It takes less than 5 minutes and should give you peace of mind! Also, if you join the IATA Dangerous Goods Community you can sign up for alerts when anything, such as an addenda is added to the published documents.
See https://www.iata.org/publications/Pages/dgcommunity.aspx and sign up and once accepted go to documents and downloads and click on the “actions” menu and choose the alerts you want.
Question: I am looking for an asbestos testing kit that we may keep at our shop. Occasionally we are asked to repair equipment that has been used to remove asbestos. The contractor assures us that they have decontaminated the equipment but I would like to put our minds and that of our employees at ease when handling it. Please advise if you can supply such a kit?
Answer: I do not believe that there is an Asbestos Kit available to do the new lower .5 standard that WorksafeBC now requires for Asbestos. There was a kit available that claimed it could test to 1, but that also required a sample to be sent to a lab for analysis.
For any of our equipment that needs servicing, our Hazmat crew would suit up to Moderate or High Risk, depending on the previous use of the equipment. If they could not fix the equipment, then we dispose of it as Asbestos Containing Material. We would not send it out for repair as that could expose others to risk. As 0.5 asbestos fibers are so small, I believe it would be almost impossible to decontaminate most equipment.
Question: Where or what BC Legislation or guidelines ask or require someone to have spill kits on site or readily available for use?
Answer: This answer is in two parts. One part from the Environmental Management Act of BC and the second from WorkSafeBC Regulations.
In Section 79 of the Environmental Management Act. The specifications for the plan and equipment is left up to the “person” responsible- requiring their due diligence to choose appropriately.
Spill prevention and reporting:
79 (1) In this section, “polluting substance” means any substance, whether gaseous, liquid or solid that, in the opinion of the Minister, is capable of causing pollution if it were to
(a) escape into the air,
(b) be spilled onto any land or into any body of water, or
(c) escape onto any land or into any body of water.
(2) If a person has possession, charge or control of any polluting substance, the Minister may, if the Minister considers it reasonable and necessary to lessen the risk of an escape or spill of the substance, order that person
(a) to undertake investigations, tests, surveys and any other action the Minister considers necessary to determine the magnitude of the risk and to report the results to the Minister,
(b) to prepare, in accordance with the Minister’s directions, a contingency plan containing information the Minister requires, and
(c) to construct, alter or acquire, at the person’s expense, any works, or carry out at the person’s expense any measures that the Minister considers reasonable and necessary to prevent or abate an escape or spill of the substance.
(3) If an escape or spill occurs of a polluting substance for which a contingency plan was prepared, a Director may order any person having possession, charge or control of the substance at the time it escaped or was spilled, or the person who prepared the plan or all of them to put the contingency plan into operation at their expense.
(4) The Minister may order a person who prepared a contingency plan to test the plan.
See section 9(3) for specific equipment.
From WorksafeBC – 5.101 Procedures for spill cleanup and re-entry
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