Alberta Transportation is responsible for the safety of Albertans on the provincial road network with an overarching goal to reduce the amount of fatalities and serious injuries on our highways.
Alberta Environmental and Dangerous Goods Emergencies (EDGE)
Alberta EDGE is a 24-hour centre that supplies technical information to industry, the public and enforcement officials about the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations and all associated standards. They are also the emergency response centre for reporting releases or anticipated releases of dangerous goods during any aspect of transport as outlined in the Regulations.
In addition, Alberta Transportation has agreements with Environment and Parks (AEP) and Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), serving as a contact point for contraventions, spills, and complaints.
Whether a release or emission originated from the oil, gas, chemical, or manufacturing industry, Albertans can feel assured that the correct departments are informed of the situation immediately and actions are taken to minimize any impact on the public, the environment or public infrastructure.
Alberta Transportation is the only jurisdiction in Canada that has dually appointed Provincial and Federal Dangerous Goods Inspectors that inspect dangerous goods facilities, monitor highway tank facilities and respond to incidents involving dangerous goods.
The Safety and Compliance Services Branch is responsible for the compliance and enforcement of the Provincial Dangerous Goods Transportation and Handling Act and Dangerous Goods Transportation and Handling Regulation as well as the Federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulation which has been adopted by Alberta. Both regulations set safety standards and shipping requirements for thousands of dangerous goods, in addition to providing a means of communicating the nature and level of danger associated with various chemicals and other products.
The Dangerous Goods and Rail Safety (DGRS) Section has seven Dangerous Goods Inspectors located throughout the Province and two Rail Safety Officers in Edmonton. The DGRS Section also relies on designated On-Highway Inspectors who belong to various enforcement agencies such as the RCMP, Municipal Police, and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. The DGRS Section investigates issues of non-compliance or suspected incidents of non-compliance with individuals, facilities, and carriers who handle, transport or offer to transport dangerous goods that are in non-compliance with the legislation and its adopted standards. This includes facilities that manufacture, modify, assemble, repair, inspect, and test means of containment that are used for the transportation of dangerous goods.
Close industry associations and local company relations enable the DGRS Section to have in-depth knowledge and understanding of provincial issues and interests involving dangerous goods and rail safety.
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Alberta has approximately 310 industrial railways, five heritage railways, and two public railways which are provincially regulated. Railways are an integral part of the province’s transportation system facilitating the movement of 70 million tons of goods within the province each year. This includes petroleum, forest and agriculture products as well as other manufactured and consumer products.
Provincially regulated railways operate in accordance with the Railway (Alberta) Act. The Safety and Compliance Services Branch of Alberta Transportation is responsible for administering the Act and associated rules, regulations and standards.
For more information, see Rail safety overview.