Dangerous goods are articles or substances, which are capable of posing a significant risk to health, safety or property when transported by air. It is important to acknowledge:
- International regulations must be followed to ensure safety of passengers and crew.
- All dangerous goods must be properly documented, declared, labeled and packaged.
- Not declaring dangerous goods is a serious offense under federal law and is the shipper’s responsibility.
- A fee shall apply for processing dangerous goods shipments.
The nine classes are listed below, with examples of dangerous goods and the respective labels within each class:
It is the responsibility of the shipper to determine if their cargo contains dangerous goods and if so, to declare them to First Air by way of properly completed IATA Shipper’s Declaration.
The shipper must comply with the following specific responsibilities in order for their shipment to be accepted with First Air.
- Comply fully with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations when offering a consignment of dangerous goods
- Comply with any applicable regulations set forth by the country of origin, transit, and destination
- Provide such information to his employees as will enable them to carry out their specific responsibilities.
- Ensure that the articles or substances are not prohibited for transport by air.
- The articles or substances must be properly identified, classified, packed, marked, labelled and documented and otherwise in condition for transport in accordance with the regulations.
- Before any consignment of dangerous goods is offered for air transport, all relevant persons involved in its preparation must have received training to enable them to carry out their responsibilities. Where a shipper does not have trained staff, the “relevant persons” may be interpreted as those employed to act on the shipper’s behalf and undertake the shipper’s responsibilities in the preparation of the consignment, however such persons must be trained.
Dangerous Goods in Canada
In Canada, the transportation of dangerous goods is governed by the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. 1992.
This leads to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, which captures the International Civil Aviation Organization – Technical Instructions For The Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.
First Air, along with other carriers makes use of the International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations. This guide reflects, and in some cases exceeds, that which is required by regulations. Shipper’s must have a copy of this document and have knowledge of its use.
We, at First Air, take great pride in assisting our clients as much as possible; however, we can not fulfill the responsibilities of the shipper as defined in the regulations.
Offences and Punishment
Every person who contravenes or fails to comply with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act is guilty of:
- An offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars for a first offence, and not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars for each subsequent offence; or
- An indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.