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Joint North American Efforts
North American Initiatives
Sharing a continent, the countries of North America have long studied each other
and implemented the best initiatives of their neighbors. More recently the governments
have been working together. I am currently aware of two initiatives by the governments
of Canada, Mexico and the US: the North American Emergency Response Guidebook
(NAERG) and the efforts of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
In 1996 Canada, the US, and Mexico published a joint
North American Emergency Response Guidebook
that replaced the Canadian CANUTEC Dangerous Goods Initial
Emergency Response Guide and the US Department of Transportation
Emergency Response Guidebook. This was a first step toward
harmonizing the dangerous goods / hazardous materials regulations of all
three countries. While Canada and the US had similar regulations, Mexico
implemented a substantial number of related regulations since 1993 in
order to integrate into the hazard communication systems shown in the NAERG.
The second initiative is that of the Council of the Commission for Environmental
Cooperation (CEC), established by the North American Agreement on Environmental
Cooperation between the Government of Canada, the Government of the United
Mexican States and the Government of the United States of America. The CEC
is the joint working group of the federal environmental bodies of each country.
The projects of the CEC include such items as a regional / continental
PCB management plan.
I also tend to use these resources:
International Air Transport Association's Dangerous Goods Primer
US NIOSH/World Health Organization's International Chemical Safety Cards
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Commercial motor vehicle out-of-service criteria
US EPA site on Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention - Canadian and Mexican Border Programs
This page created by Glas and last updated on November 4, 1999, I think.
My comments are given with the understanding that I (Glas) am not rendering legal, accounting, nor other professional services.
This page © 1999 by Earle B. "Glas" Durboraw.