DG Digest: Transport Canada updates guidance on COVID-19 related infectious substances, will conduct remote oversight for now

The third week of April found the nation still focused on vaccination efforts. Some companies are hosting vaccination events on their premises, some for employees only, and others for both employees and members of the surrounding community. If your company is holding such an event, make sure that all appropriate safety and security processes are in place to help make the event a success for everyone. Transport Canada led the way with regulatory news last week; here’s the latest:

Transport Canada

The Ministry updated its guidance related to the transport of COVID-19 related infectious substances. See the update here.

The ministry has published information related to its ability and intent to conduct what it calls remote oversight (i.e., DG audits) during the COVID 19 pandemic. See the guidance document package here.


Norway became the latest EU ADR nation to accede to Multilateral Agreement M318. This derogation allows for the use of U.S. DOT certified cylinders for the carriage of gases in acceding nations. See the agreement here.

US Chemical Safety Board

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will hold a virtual meeting on May 4th. The Board assists NIOSH and OSHA in determining the cause of and ways to help prevent chemical accidents. See the meeting details and how to participate here.


The agency proposes to amend its regulations to extend the compliance date from June 22, 2021, to June 23, 2025, for several provisions of its April 23, 2015, Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule. This action is being taken to provide FMCSA time to complete certain information technology (IT) system development tasks for its National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) and to provide the State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) sufficient time to make the necessary IT programming changes after the new National Registry system is available. See the extension here.


The agency published an ICR related to its Control of Hazardous Energy or “Lockout/Tagout” regulations.  Lockout/Tagout of dangerous energy sources in industry is one of OSHA’s major safety programs and violation of those regulations are one of the most common sources of citations in industry today. See the ICR here.

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