Transport Canada Publishes a Revised Tank Car Construction Standard

Transport Canada published a revised tank car construction standard that, among other actions, more closely aligns the Canadian standards with the US 49 CFR. A Norfolk Southern train hauling unit tank cars passes through Hammond, Indiana in June of 2015. Image © 6/2015 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

Mid-May is here and with it both some serious stormy weather as well as some rapidly warming temperatures in various parts of the country. If your workplace hasn’t yet shifted into its “summer safety season” programs, now’s the time to make it happen. Storm damage and heat related illnesses can both be trouble for your business and employees, so be sure you have a plan in place to deal with the coming season.  Meanwhile, here’s the latest regulatory news:


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Transport Canada

The Ministry published a revised Canadian Standard (CGSB) that governs the construction and operation of various types of rail tank cars and aligns the standard more directly with US regulations. Tank cars continue to be a major area of interest in both Canada and the US following a number of hazmat release episodes over the last decade or so. Find the revised standard here:

Notice – New edition of CAN/CGSB-43.147 is published (

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