2019 Q3 Newsletter - ERAP Explanations: Implementation, Tiers...

With the changes in TDG regulations this year, as an ERAC Plan Participant member and Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) holder, you may have noticed new terminology regarding the implementation of ERAPs.

Implementing an ERAP replaces the term “activating an ERAP”; the change was made to align the TDG Regulations with the TDG Act. It avoids confusion from previous regulations, which inferred that the ERAP would be activated as soon as a call to the ERAP number was received.

The ERAP must be implemented in response to a release or anticipated release. As soon as you are made aware of an incident involving your dangerous good, whether by the ERAP incident report or other means, you must decide how you will respond.

The ERAP must be implemented based on a two-tier response system. On behalf of our Plan Participants, when an ERAP is implemented, regardless of the tier, ERAC will provide technical advice, remote monitoring of the incident and /or emergency response advice with on-site monitoring, and provide deployment of emergency response resources as soon as possible.

Implementing a plan does not necessarily mean that emergency response resources found in your ERAP must be sent to the site of the release or anticipated release.

It is your responsibility, in cooperation with ERAC, to determine to which tier you need to implement your ERAP, based on the actions that need to be taken.

Implementing your ERAP to tier 1 means that ERAC is responding, generally by telephone, by remotely monitoring the response to the release or anticipated release.

None of the emergency response resources found in your ERAP are being brought to the site of the incident during tier 1. Despite not being at the site, on your behalf ERAC is actively involved in the conversations and decisions that involve the dangerous goods and/or the means of containment.

As the Plan Participant, in cooperation with ERAC, you may decide to implement your plan to tier 2, which means that ERAC resources respond at the site of the incident by remotely or on-site monitoring the response to the release or anticipated release and bringing ERAP emergency response resources to the location of the release or anticipated release.

If the incident warrants bringing emergency response resources to the site immediately, you can skip tier 1 and implement your plan directly to tier 2.

More information can be found on the Transport Canada ERAP website.

Should you have any questions about the above, please contact Patrick Knight, Safety & Quality Manager, 403-543-6501.