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This seminar provides a practical method of assessing the properties of dangerous goods and tracks the legislative framework that surrounds the safe management of these materials.

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:

identify and characterize hazardous materials
audit your facilities internally as per the legislation surrounding the management of hazardous materials
assess storage facilities, equipment and the entire system
develop methods for upgrading facilities and operations
acquire practical methods to improve management and reduce risk
discuss your storage problems in this specialized field and benefit from others’ experiences
select equipment and systems for your facility to increase safety


The storage and handling of hazardous materials requires compliance with a complex array of regulations and the use of specialized technical facilities, operations and equipment to ensure safe and proper management. The legislation ranges from the Transportation of Dangerous Goods, through to the Building Code, Fire Code and WHMIS with additional international standards for voluntary compliance. This seminar provides a practical method of assessing the properties of dangerous goods and tracks the legislative framework that surrounds the safe management of these materials. This seminar also provides practical guidelines for packaging, labeling, segregation and movement of these materials, as well methods for the evaluation of facilities and specialized equipment necessary for the safe and effective storage and transfer of hazardous materials. The course is taught by experts with a broad range of hazardous materials management experience.


To develop a understanding of the regulatory issues surrounding the storage and handling of hazardous materials and to provide a practical guideline for the evaluation and general design of facilities and operations used for the safe and effective storage and handling of hazardous materials. 

Who Should Attend

Material managers and facility operators who store or handle hazardous materials, chemical laboratory personnel from industry and educational organizations, environmental scientists, engineers and architects responsible for the design of facilities for hazardous materials management, personnel responsible for implementing training programs and methods for hazardous materials, and managers wishing to ensure compliance with applicable legislation and a reduction of risk for hazardous materials management.
Chairperson: Robert Wilson, Stirling Engineering Inc.

Program Outline  

Day I 

8:00     Registration and Coffee

             Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Aessment Method

8:15     Introduction (Robert Wilson)
             • Objectives (self audit, knowledge of legislation, identification of hazards and issues)          
             • Compliance driven
             • Includes all bulk and containerized storage
             • Includes shipping, receiving, transfers from bulk, and “dispensing”, but excludes “processing” (special/custom engineering)
8:30     Classification and Identification of Hazardous Materials (Robert Wilson)
             • Hazard characterization from health and safety point of view: exposure assessment, toxicity assessment, risk characterization,
                uncertainty analyses
              • Hazard characterization from ecology point of view: exposure assessment, toxicity assessment, risk characterization, uncertainty

              Case Study 4 – Investigation / Prosecution
             • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Classification System (9 classes)
             • Properties-primary and secondary
             • Other systems- WHMIS/MSDS, interface, markings
             • Importance of workplace identification
             • Prioritizing
9:15     Overview of Legal Issues and H & S Legislation for Storage and Handling of Hazardous Materials (Robert Wilson)
             • Update on legislative changes to OHS Act, code and regulations in Alberta
             • Update on Bill C-45 (Criminal Code amendments regarding OHS)
             • Due diligence
             • Enforcement and prosecutions
             • Proactive steps to take to protect yourselves and your organizations
10:15    Refreshments and Networking
10:30    Overview of Environmental Legislation for Storage and  Handling of Hazardous Materials 
              (Frank Kloiber, Amberg Corp)
             • Regulations under CEPA(Regulation of toxic substances, export and import, NPRI Reporting requirements, Environmental Emergencies,
                Chromium and other regulations), Enforcement  
             • Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (planning)
             • Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (approvals, spills, hazardous/special waste, reporting)
             • Codes of practice                           

11:15    Special Legislation for Certain Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Materials (Robert Wilson)
            • National/Provincial Building Code (Group F, Division1 occupancies)
            • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (receiving, training, placards)
            • National/Provincial Electrical Safety Code
            • National/Provincial Fire Codes (dispensing, processes)
            • Nuclear Safety and Control Act
            • Explosives Act

12:00   Lunch
1:00     Building and Facility Features-Part A (Robert Wilson)
             • Occupancy (zoning, classification, Group F, Division I requirements
             • Fire resistance rating (achieving ratings, types of construction)
             • Doors (overhead, self closing, ratings)
             • Glazing (types, sizes)
             • Penetrations (seals, dampers)
             • Grading and drainage (objectives, requirements)
1:45     Building Features-Part B (Systems) (Robert Wilson)
             • Ventilation (minimum requirements, isolation, establishing rates-ASHRAE, NIOSH, special equipment, spark prevention)
             • Fire protection systems (sprinkler types, ratings,  density, and alternative methods)
             • Electrical systems (hazardous location electrical classification, approved equipment (CSA), bonding and grounding)
2:30     Auditing Facilities-Part I (Frank Kloiber)
            a) Environmental Audits and Management Systems (ISO 14000 Series)
            b) Principles of environmental auditing, internal vs. external audits
            c) Auditor qualifications, record reviews, interviews, inspections, reporting
             • Criteria / checklists / regulatory assertions
             • Audit teams (maximizing internal, how and when to use consultants)
             • Evidence
             • Procedures (documentation)
             • Reporting
3:15     Refreshments and Networking
3:30     Auditing Facilities- Part II (Frank Kloiber)

             • Field techniques
             • Dealing with the findings
             • Hazard identification
             • Risk Assessment / bow tie analysis (fault tree/event tree)
             • Off-site consequence analysis
             • Forward strategy - planning for upgrades (approvals, “grandfather” issues, costs, new construction vs. upgrade)

4:15     Question Period
4:30     Adjournment

Day II

8:30     Containers (Robert Wilson)
             • Design codes (API, ULC, CGSB, Other)
             • Tanks (vertical, horizontal, pressure, features, inspection, maintenance)
             • Semi-bulk (totes, super sacs, features, handling, storage, advantages/disadvantages)
             • Drums (materials of construction, approvals, new vs. refurbished, limitations)
             • Pails and small containers (palletisation of  containers, packaging)
9:15     Transfer and Equipment Handling (Robert Wilson)
             • Racking systems (design and load, forklifts/lift trucks, fire protection)
             • forklifts and dollies (design and load limitations, explosion ratings)
             • Pressure vessels/piping (approvals, inspection/marking operator requirements)
             • Powders (special equipment, dust collectors)
             • Exhaust Issues
10:00    Refreshments and Networking
10:15    Techniques for Safe Transfer (Robert Wilson)

             • Isolation and lock-outs (pumps and liquid/vapour lines, augers and dry handling equipment)
             • Inventory (ullage verification, database)
             • Equipment checks
             • Load checks (hoists, dollies, forklifts)
             • Grounding and bonding
             • Documentation (records, training, ISO1400, ISO 18000)
11:00  Special Equipment and Systems-Part I (Robert Wilson)
            • Manual electronic gauges
            • Detectors (flame/fire, flammable vapour, toxic gas, operating methods, use, alarm)
            • Interlocks (use in NFPA 69, control reliability, CSA)
            • Spill Response Equipment (contents, materials, compatibility, capacity, back-up placement)
11:45   Question Period
12:00   Lunch
1:00     Special Equipment and Systems-Part II (Frank Kloiber)

             • Personal protective equipment (routine vs. contingency requirement),  “Levels” of protection (EPA/NFPA Level A, B, C, D)
             • Training requirements (clothing, respiratory, equipment)
             • Contingencies and emergencies (spills to air water and soil, fire/explosion/reactions, terrorism,  exposures, poisoning,
                rescue, confined space)
             • Contingency plans (requirements E2, responsible care, fire code)
             • Testing and verification
             • Emergency response contractors (use of contractors, importance of contracts and verification review)
2:00     Refreshments and Networking

2:15     Case Study I (Frank Kloiber/Robert Wilson)
            (audit, risk assessment and review of a hazardous materials storage facility)
3:15     Case Study II (Frank Kloiber/Robert Wilson)
            (design of facilities, equipment and handling methods for a hypothetical new product)
4:00     Integrating the Issues- (Frank Kloiber/Robert Wilson)

4:15     Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes
4:30     Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Frank Kloiber
Frank W. Kloiber P.Eng., CEA is a chemical engineer by professional training, is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta and is registered as a Certified Environmental Auditor. He has over 20 years experience in petroleum, petrochemicals, power generation, provincial and federal government, waste management, and consulting, and is currently Sr. Environmental Specialist / Principal with Amberg Corp. – Environmental & Regulatory Consultants.

Frank has participated in the regulatory process from both the industry and governmental perspectives. He gained expertise in managing hazardous waste issues while at the Alberta Special Waste Treatment Center in Swan Hills. Frank currently assists client companies in meeting regulatory compliance, management system development, audit, and air emissions evaluation.

Robert Wilson
Robert S. Wilson, P.Eng. is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. He has over twenty five year's professional experience and is currently the president of Stirling Engineering Inc. a firm specializing in compliance engineering and system design for hazardous materials and environmental contaminants. Prior to forming Stirling Engineering Inc. in 2003, Robert worked for a number of engineering, environmental, and management consulting firms. Robert has provided technical services to more than 200 workplaces in Ontario and has delivered training seminars across Canada. Robert is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, The Ontario Society for Professional Engineers, and the Air and Waste Management Association and memeber of Association of Professional Engineers Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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