Every day, chemicals are transported through Canadian communities by rail, road, or pipeline. Ensuring their safe and secure transportation is of paramount importance to CIAC members. Being accountable and responsive to the public — especially to the communities in which they do business — is also a fundamental part of being a Responsible Care® company.
The Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response initiative (TRANSCAER®)
Through TRANSCAER, a voluntary initiative led by CIAC and the Railway Association of Canada, CIAC members work closely with communities along transportation routes to ensure residents, municipal officials, and first responders are aware of hazards associated with their products. They also help ensure communities are aware and prepared for a potential transportation incident involving dangerous goods. Being a good neighbour is key to being a Responsible Care company, which is why CIAC members must develop an open dialogue with local citizens to ensure they are aware of:
- Any hazards associated with member' operations;
- What members are doing to reduce the risks associated with their operations and the transportation of their products; and
- The specifics of their local emergency warning system and what they need to do to protect themselves and their families in the event of a chemical incident in their community
What CIAC members are doing to make our communities safer
CIAC members must have an emergency response plan in place demonstrating their capacity to safely and efficiently respond to, contain, and mitigate a chemical transportation incident. They must also develop transportation safety plans which favour:
- the safest mode possible;
- the safest route possible; and
- the safest transportation carrier.
CIAC members must also have site-specific emergency management plans in place demonstrating:
- they have the capacity to safely and efficiently respond to, contain, and mitigate the effects of an incident involving their operations; and
- they have tested their plan, with the active participation of other industries, officials, first responders, and members of the media in their communities.
TRANSCAER® Safety Train finds a new home at FESTI
After nearly three decades of providing a unique backdrop for municipalities, first responders, and residents to learn about the transportation of dangerous goods from TRANSCAER members by travelling from town to town, TRANSCAER’s Safety Train, the CCPX 911, was officially retired on March 28, 2018.
June 26, 2019, it embarked on a new journey by road. It made its way to the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) grounds at the Toronto Pearson International Airport where it will continue to serve its role training first responders on rail safety and the safe transportation of dangerous goods.
Chlorine Safety TRANSCAER® Event Hosted at FESTI
The Safety Train was a main feature at the TRANSCAER outreach event hosted in partnership with the Chlorine Institute at FESTI from July 9-11, 2019. The event focused on rail safety and emergency response and featured both field exercises and in-class sessions. Over the three days, 99 participants completed the training.
Transportation Emergency Assistance Program (TEAP® III)
TEAP III is another CIAC-led program that aims to maintain a national emergency response network capable of safely and efficiently mitigating the impacts of a chemical transportation incident anywhere in the country. TEAP III provides a forum for CIAC members, transportation companies, and emergency response service providers to share information an successful practices, and to encourage continuous improvement around chemical transportation emergency preparedness and response. Through TEAP III, CIAC and its partner organizations have established two standards:
- CIAC's Transportation Emergency Response Standard sets the minimum criteria that CIAC member companies must meet for road and rail emergency preparedness and response, including requirements for planning, administration, training, resource utilization, and assessment; and
- the TEAP III Transportation Emergency Response Service Provider (TERSP) Standard outlines the criteria used by TEAP's assessment teams to evaluate a service provider's ability to safely mitigate the impacts of a chemical transportation incident.
TRANSCAER® outreach across Canada
In 2019, TRANSCAER Canada hosted a total of 20 outreach events across the country, helping train 850 students on how to respond to and prepare for transportation incidents involving dangerous goods. Participants represented a wide range of organizations, including firefighters, police officers, government representatives, and various service providers from the chemistry value chain. These outreach and training sessions were delivered in various formats, including presentations on dangerous goods safety, simulations of real-life incidents supported by props such as dangerous goods training trailers, foam trailers, valve displays as well as tank cars.
TRANSCAER® Investing for the Future
In August, CIAC learned its proposal to Transport Canada to partner on funding for renewed TRANSCAER tools and a cross-country outreach plan was successful! The plan includes developing a virtual reality program and tools, building a new safety training tank car, and hosting a series of outreach events across the country. The first phase of the project, the virtual reality training, is well underway and will launch in 2020.