Canadian Database Development as a Support Tool to Transport Risk Assessment

by Donald A. Learning, Transport Canada, Ottawa, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: State and Local Issues in Transportation of Hazardous Waste Materials: Towards a National Strategy


The Risk Management Branch of the Transport Dangerous Goods Directorate supports a multi-modal safety program for dangerous goods transportation through the measurement, assessment and management of risk. To achieve this, the Branch has developed a series of databases which provide information on commodity flow, accidents and compliance activities, and is currently completing modelling work to estimate the economic and social costs of dangerous goods accidents. Together, this information will allow the Directorate to better define risk issues and better assess alternative risk management techniques. This paper provides details on the databases the Risk Management Branch has available to assess accident trends and exposure to dangerous goods, and introduces a costing model under development to further enchance risk management capabilities.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Hazardous substances | Freight transportation | Transportation management | Databases | Accidents | Transportation safety | Canada

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