The Movement of Dangerous Goods

Despite heavy media coverage of derailments, Canada's railways have a particularly good record for transporting the chemicals and petroleum products. These goods – used for everything from purifying the water we drink to heating our homes and fuelling our vehicles – are safely transported by North American railways, and roughly 99.998 per cent of carloads arrive at their destination without a release caused by an accident. One of the primary functions of RAC is to promote and continually improve the safe handling of dangerous goods. This means ensuring rail cars carrying dangerous goods meet strict standards, the consignments are properly packaged, labeled, placarded and documented, and that carriers handle the rail cars safely.

Trains carrying dangerous goods are rigorously inspected, not only at their departure point, but whenever they approach a densely populated area. Detailed documentation is carried on every train and recorded in central computer systems, so that the right measures for the products concerned can be taken in case of an emergency.

When dangerous goods accidents and incidents occur the RAC's own special response teams from railway companies, the chemical industry and local public security agencies work quickly to mitigate any damage.


Media Contact:
Alex Paterson
Public Affairs Coordinator
(613) 564-8111
alexp@railcan.ca

Sarah Mayes
Director, Public Affairs
(613) 564-8097
smayes@railcan.ca

Read more about RAC's Dangerous Goods Team offerings by downloading their informative brochure. Click here.


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