Permits for equivalent level of safety

Permits allowing companies to handle or transport dangerous goods when unable to comply with Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.


Permits for Equivalent Level of Safety allow the handling, offering for transport or transporting of dangerous goods in a manner that does not necessarily comply with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations.

Permits are only issued if the risk to health, safety and the environment are mitigated reasonably.

It is not necessary to obtain a permit to handle, offer for transport or transport dangerous goods if the Dangerous Goods Transportation and Handling Act and regulations are fully complied with.

Permits issued are valid only for road transportation within the province of Alberta.

Transport Canada issues permits that are valid for the transportation of dangerous goods between provinces.

Permit examples

The following are examples of permits that may be obtained:

  • Precedent B
    Exemption from Parts 2 and 3 for mixed oilfield production fluids of unknown classification – vacuum trucks.
  • Precedent D1
    Exemption from Parts 3 and 5 for residues of flammable and corrosive liquids or combinations used by pumping units at oilfield operations.
  • Precedent J
    Exemption from Parts 2 and 5 for waste filters used in commercial production of oil and gas (Oilfield) from compressor stations.
  • Precedent N
    Exemption from Parts 3 and 5 except Section 5.1.1(3) for petroleum liquids and gases used for testing and calibration of Volume Measuring Devices in the petroleum industry and in a portable test facility for well head production evaluation.

How to apply

To apply for permits, fill out the Application for Alberta Equivalent Level of Safety Exemption Permit.


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