TRANSPORT EMERGENCY PROCEDURES Safe • Do not extinguish burning gas by any other means Emergency Contact Numbers: Emergency response information: Take these steps FOR ALL EMERGENCIES: than cutting off the source of the gas supply. If Alberta (800) 272-9600 The Transport Dangerous Goods Directorate of • Shut off the engine and any electrical equipment. this is not possible, leave the gas to burn. and local police Transport Canada operates CANUTEC (Canadian • Move people from the immediate area and stay • Do not approach cylinders suspected of being hot. British Columbia (800) 663-3456 and local police Transport Emergency Centre). CANUTEC provides Cylinder Placard upwind of the incident. • Remove cool cylinders from the path of the fire. a national bilingual advisory service and is staffed TDG’s TDG label Transport Manitoba (204) 945-4888 • Consider an initial evacuation distance of 100 • If the fire gets out of control and the cylinders and local police by professional chemists experienced and trained 2 metres in all directions. become heated, evacuate personnel to a distance New Brunswick (800) 565-1633 in interpreting technical information and providing Policy • No smoking or naked flames are allowed within of least 100 metres in any direction and warn or local police emergency response advice. In an emergency, 50 metres. them against approaching. Newfoundland and (709) 772-2083 CANUTEC may be called collect at (613) 996-6666 Labrador and local police • Do not use excessive force on the valves, and do (24 hours a day). In a non-emergency situation, Northwest Territories (867) 920-8130 not attempt to operate a damaged valve. First aid: CANUTEC’s 24-hour information line is WHMIS label Nova Scotia (800) 565-1633 BOC wants you number (UN) • Avoid breathing gas and making contact with skin • Cold burns: Remove any clothing that restricts (902) 426-6030 (613) 992-4624. or eyes. Universal blood circulation, unless it adheres to the skin. or local police • Notify the fire department and police; tell them Flush or soak the affected area with lukewarm or Nunavut (867) 920-8130 The information provided in this brochure is to be safe when that gas cylinders or receptacles are carried on board. cold water. • Hypothermia: Wrap subject in a blanket and move Ontario and local police local police summary in nature and intended as a guide only. You should not rely on this information as being transporting to a warm place. Prince Edward Island (800) 565-1633 suitable for your particular circumstances. This BOC gases precautionary measures & or local police Symbol identifier Vehicle accidents: • Call the local emergency services at 911 to seek Quebec local police information is not intended to replace any training Supplier identifier • Carry out actions under “FOR ALL EMERGENCIES” professional medical treatment. Saskatchewan (800) 667-7525 required by the regulatory authorities, or which MSDS availability (above). or local police may be generally desirable. Legislation concerning Risk phrases, • Do not move the transport vehicle if doing so Yukon (867) 667-7244 the subject matter of this publication may apply; could cause spillage or generate sparks. Canadian Emergency Response Reporting you should obtain legal advice or refer to the • Warn other traffic in the area. requirement: appropriate legislation to ensure compliance with When dangerous goods are spilled or leaking, or your legal obligations. Fires: it seems likely that it may become necessary to • Carry out actions under “FOR ALL EMERGENCIES” transfer dangerous goods from a vehicle, the driver Product identifier (above). must immediately notify: • Call the fire department. • the local police and/or other local authority first measures First aid • Close off the source of flammable gas, if it is safe (see emergency contact numbers listed below) to do so. • his/her employer; • the consignor of the dangerous goods; and 544-0706E • the owner or lessee of the vehicle. 1-888-256-7359 Aftermath of an explosion caused by a build-up of flamable www.boccanada.com gas in a vehicle Did you know…? PRECAUTIONS • Wear safety shoes or boots, safety glasses or • Always transport liquid gases and Acetylene • Never transport a cylinder if a leak has been Cryogenic liquid receptacles: Compressed and liquefied gases can be hazardous General: goggles, and leather protective gloves when cylinders in an upright position. detected on it during loading. There are two types of portable cryogenic for the following reasons: The safest and recommended method of handling cylinders. • Carry a fire extinguisher suitable for vehicle fires. • Never transport cylinders that have a regulator or receptacles: • When leaking, flammable gases such as Acetylene transporting cylinders (i.e., gas cylinders and • Smoking is strictly forbidden when loading, other equipment attached. can create an explosive atmosphere in a vehicle. cryogenic receptacles) is by a professional gas transporting or unloading any cylinder, whether it When cylinders are continually transported in • Do not remove any valve protection device (if 1. Open dewars that continuously vent into the • Oxygen enrichment causes material to ignite transport company. Occasionally, there might be a contains flammable gas or not. enclosed vehicles (such as ambulances, service vans fitted) during transport. atmosphere. easily, and it will also increase the intensity of a need to use other transport systems, and it is then with welding equipment, etc.), the following are An Oxygen-deficient atmosphere will be created, so fire. Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) has similar essential to follow safety instructions for both full Enclosed vehicles: recommended: Legal considerations: be sure to provide good ventilation, and secure the properties. and empty cylinders: For personal, non-commercial use, if there are no • A permanent system should be in place to secure • Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations dewar in an upright position. Do not transport or • Inert gases such as Nitrogen, Argon and shielding other practical methods of transport and the load the cylinders (i.e., both gas cylinders and apply. use open dewars with Oxygen. gases can cause Oxygen deficiency and contains fewer than five 30 kg cylinders, enclosed cryogenic liquid receptacles). • Local dangerous goods transport regulations asphyxiation leading to drowsiness, vehicles may be used subject to the following • The vehicle should be equipped with adequately apply. 2. Closed vessels with pressure-relief devices: unconsciousness and death. recommendations: sized ventilation openings. Ensure that these vessels are in good condition, and • Toxic or corrosive gases may lead to a toxic • Transport of cylinders in the passenger • The cylinders should be carried in a separate, gas- Documentation: that valve(s) are in the correct position for transport. atmosphere, which is hazardous to health by compartment should always be avoided whenever tight compartment that is ventilated to the Dangerous goods consignment documents and • Do not transport cryogenic receptacles with inert inhalation and/or skin contact. possible. outside. emergency procedure guides are required in the gases or containers with dry ice in the passenger • When a gas’s pressure is high, a ruptured cylinder • If the cylinders must be in the passenger vehicle when dangerous goods are transported, compartment. or valve can cause serious injury or damage. compartment, at least one window should be When loading cylinders at a gas supplier site or except if the dangerous goods are transported for • When handling cryogenic receptacles, wear • Cryogenic liquids are very cold and can cause cold open and the ventilation fan on high speed when shop, the personnel responsible for the sale and/or one’s personal use. clothing that covers and protects the skin. skin burns and metal brittle fractures. transporting the cylinders. loading the cylinders should provide to the driver • When a liquefied gas is released, it vaporizes and • If cylinders are in the trunk, the trunk lid should safety instructions concerning loading/unloading Placards: creates large amounts of gas – amounts larger • Secure all cylinders, to keep them from moving be held open in a fixed position; check the vehicle and transport, and make sure that they are properly A placard is a 250 mm-wide dangerous goods class than the handler may be prepared or equipped to during transport. Consider also the forces at work manufacturer’s manual to ascertain whether understood. label that must be attached on all four sides of the handle. in possible traffic accidents. driving with an open trunk or rear door is allowed The loading and transport of cylinders must comply vehicle when a load of dangerous goods exceeds a • Heat may cause any fitted operating safety device • Limit the number of cylinders to be transported. or not. with local regulations. gross weight (i.e., both cylinder and gas) of to release contents. • Use open vehicles or trailers in preference to any • Unload the cylinders as soon as possible upon 500 kg. When the load is reduced to less than 500 enclosed vehicles or trailers. To allow for arrival at the destination, as ventilation decreases Gas cylinders: kg, these placards must be removed from all sides Information on the hazards of any given gas can be ventilation, do not cover cylinders with tarpaulin. considerably when the vehicle is stopped or When transporting a cylinder in an enclosed vehicle, of the vehicle, so as not to mislead the emergency found on that gas’s cylinder label, and in its Material • Ensure that the contents labels on the cylinders parked. consider the following: response unit. Safety Data Sheet (which is available at the store). can be clearly read. • Do not store or leave cylinders unattended in a • Do not transport cylinders containing toxic or • Never drop cylinders or submit them to shock. vehicle for more than one hour, and definitely not flammable gases in enclosed vehicles. • Where possible, use mechanical lifting devices and overnight. • Before loading cylinders into an enclosed vehicle, carts to move cylinders. • Do not use the cylinders in an enclosed vehicle. tighten the cylinder valves and check that they are properly closed; also check carefully for gas leakage.