In the past, the transportation of dangerous goods was regulated by a condition of carriage printed on the back of the moving contract, known as the Bill of Lading. Today, for further public safety, Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments have enacted legislation under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. This legislation clearly establishes under what conditions dangerous goods can be shipped.
Certain household items, while dangerous, may accompany your shipment as long as they are packed separately, pointed out to your van operator, and declared to be the only dangerous goods in your shipment. These items include:
- chemicals for photographic hobby uses
- household cleaners (e.g. Mr. Clean, Ajax, Comet, Spic’n Span)
- nail polish and remover
All other dangerous goods are prohibited from accompanying your shipment. These include, among others, aerosol cans (except personal toiletries), bleach, cleaning fluids (varsol, turpentine), explosives, fire extinguishers, flammable goods of all kinds, matches, pesticides containing an arsenic, strychnine or cyanide base etc.
In general, commodities which are regulated by the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/T-19.01/), the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/clear-tofc-211.htm) or by other Federal and/or provincial laws, are not to be moved with household goods and effects (i.e. pressurized containers, fuel, propane tanks, etc.).
If you are at all unsure, don’t risk the safety of your shipment. Ask your mover for a full list of unacceptable dangerous goods.