Training Requirements in Ontario – Waste Transport Vehicles

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) recently updated the Guideline for Training Requirements for Drivers of Waste Transportation Vehicles (Guideline C-12, PIBS 7914e01).  The driver training guidelines are applicable for drivers who transport municipal waste, liquid industrial waste or hazardous waste.

Ontario’s General – Waste Regulation (Ontario Regulation 347) under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act ensures that wastes are effectively managed from the point of their generation to where they are ultimately processed or disposed of.  To provide this necessary control, the regulation includes definitions for different waste types and detailed requirements for a range of waste management activities.  The updated guideline deals with one of the major responsibilities for the transportation of municipal waste, liquid industrial waste or hazardous waste: driver training.

The Guidelines outline the major areas that drivers of vehicles used for the transportation of municipal waste, liquid industrial waste or hazardous waste need to be trained on which includes:

  • The operation of the vehicle and waste management equipment,
  • Relevant waste management legislation, regulations and guidelines,
  • Major environmental concerns for the waste to be handled,
  • Occupational health and safety concerns for the waste to be handled, and
  • Emergency management procedures.

For more information on driver training requirements, contact the John Nicholson, the editor of Hazmat Management Magazine.

2 replies
  1. Paul MacDonald
    Paul MacDonald says:

    Regarding driver training requirements for waste truck operators. Please let me know firstly what the Ontario Ministry of the Environment definition of municipal waste is. It was my understanding that Municipal waste was the classification for residential waste. I was of the opinion that other waste classifications were industrial, commercial, and institutional, (ICI).

  2. John Nicholson
    John Nicholson says:

    Municipal waste is defined in the General – Waste Management Regulation (O. Reg 347) as follows: “(a) any waste, whether or not it is owned, controlled or managed by a municipality, except, (i) hazardous waste, (ii) liquid industrial waste, or (iii) gaseous waste, and (b) solid fuel, whether or not it is waste, that is derived in whole or in part from the waste included in clause (a).

    In Ontario, the road transportation of municipal waste, liquid industrial waste or hazardous waste is subject to the driver training requirements set out in Regulation 347.

    For municipal wastes, liquid industrial wastes and for those hazardous wastes not covered by the TDGA such as Leachate Toxic Waste and Severely Toxic Waste, training programs should follow this guideline.

    Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

    John Nicholson, Editor
    jjjnicholsonjr@gmail.com

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