Equivalency Certificates

If a person wishes to carry on an activity related to transporting dangerous goods in a way that is not technically in compliance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations, he or she can apply for a permit for the activity if it can be shown to provide an equivalent level of safety and compliance with the intent of the regulations. The CPA has applied for and holds a number of these valid permits on behalf of members.

A listing of all valid permits (over 2,000) is available for review on the TDG website. Below is a short list of the propane related permits:

SU 5931 (Renewal 3) - This permit authorizes Ragasco AS to sell, offer for sale, distribute, or deliver in Canada, and authorizes any person to handle, offer for transport, transport, or import into Canada, by road or railway vehicle, by aircraft or by ship on a domestic voyage, composite cylinders under specific conditions.
Permit Holder: Ragasco AS.

SH 10644 (Renewal 4) - This equivalency Certificate authorizes the certificate holder to display a placard on each long side of the means of containment that meets the requirements of Specific Requirement 24 of clause 6.3 of CSA Standard B622-09, "Selection and use of highway tanks, TC portable tanks, and ton containers for the transportation of dangerous goods, Class 2", January 2009. As a transition period and until March 31, 2016, a placard and UN number meeting the requirements set out in Part 4 (Dangerous Goods Safety Marks) of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations may be displayed on each long side of any means of containment not exceeding 10 000 L and meeting the requirements of Part 5 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.
Permit Holder: Valid members of the Canadian Propane Association.

SH 10349 (Renewal 5) - This Equivalency Certificate authorizes the members of the CPA to transport propane or liquefied petroleum gas that is non-corrosive in TC331, MC331 and MC330 tanks constructed of other than quenched and tempered steel, that have not been periodically inspected by the wet fluorescent magnetic particle method prescribed in CSA Standard B620-09. However, tanks transporting liquefied petroleum gas or propane that is corrosive must be inspected by the WFMPI method. These requirements are based on those agreed with at the CSA B620 committee meeting in June 2010.
Permit Holder: Valid members of the Canadian Propane Association.

SH 11028 (Renewal 2) – This Equivalency Certificate authorizes the members of the CPA to transport UN1075, Liquefied Petroleum Gases, Class 2.1, or UN1978, PROPANE, Class 2.1, with a label reduced to 30 mm in length. The label identifying the primary class is displayed on the non-cylindrical part (shoulder) of the cylinder.
Certificate Holder: Valid members of the Canadian Propane Association.

SH 11123 (Renewal 5) - The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) has redefined the term "small means of containment" from "a container with a water capacity of 454 L or less to a means of containment with a capacity of 450 L or less". This equivalency certificate authorizes the members of the Canadian Propane Association to transport liquefied petroleum gas and propane in means of containment up to 454 L in water capacity, in a manner that is normally only permitted for small means of containment provided that the means of containment was manufactured before August 1, 2005. The standard CSA B339-96 authorized the manufacture of cylinders having a volume of 454 L or less. This standard was replaced by standard CSA B339-02 on July 13, 2005. As per standard CSA B339-02, the maximum volume of a cylinder of specification TC-4BW is 450 L. Part 5 of TDGR do not authorize the manufacture of cylinders of specification TC-4BW of more than 450 L after July 13, 2005. The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992, requires the use of means of containment compliant with Part 5 of TDGR for the transportation of dangerous goods. The certificate also allows safety marks required on small means of containment to be displayed on means of containment that are 454 L or less.

SH 11248 (Renewal 2) - This Equivalency Certificate authorizes the members of the Canadian Propane Association to transport propane cylinders without having to display the dangerous goods safety marks required for small means of containment. The barbecue type cylinders are collected at corner stores, service stations, grocery stores or hardware stores and are transported to the member of the Canadian Propane Association’s facility to be inspected, requalified, refilled, recycled and/or disposed.

SH 11577 (Renewal 2) - This equivalency certificate authorizes the one-way transportation by road of tanks that do not comply with Part 5 (Means of Containment) of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. Tanks containing more than 5% capacity of UN1075, LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES or PETROLEUM GASES, LIQUEFIED, Class 2.1, or UN1978, PROPANE, Class 2.1, are permitted to be transported to the nearest propane facility. Many of these tanks require servicing as part of the new CSA Standard B51 - 14 requirements and cannot be safely emptied at customer locations.

SH 11773 - This Equivalency Certificate authorizes the one-way transportation by road of cylinders that were manufactured after January 1, 1993 in accordance with a specification for cylinders set out in US DOT 49 CFR. DOT cylinders manufactured after January 1, 1993 are sometimes returned by consumers at propane refill centers, municipal waste disposal sites, or cylinder exchange sites. The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations do not allow propane retailers to transport those cylinders back to their facility for disposal, recycling or other reclamation.