The chemical industry and the digital TDG.

By Payload • May 6, 2021

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) is a wide-ranging legislation that affects almost every industry in some way, but heavily impacts the operations and procedures of the chemical industry. Chemicals and chemical derivatives make up a substantial portion of the over 2,800 products listed on TDG Schedule 1, published by Transport Canada. Products like lubricants, solvents, propellants, paints, fertilizers; even some common household items like cleaning supplies or lighter fluids are regulated. While PAYLOAD’s current operating space is in Oil and Gas, it makes sense to branch out to adjacent chemical production industries such as Petrochemicals, Organic Chemicals, and Agricultural chemicals. The combined market value of just those three industries in Canada is around $20 billion, which translates to an enormous amount of chemicals being moved throughout the country every day. All that movement must be tracked according to the regulations, which means every load must be properly marked, documented, and reported on. This is where PAYLOAD’s suite of products comes in.

Our eManifest and TDG Mobile applications allow the TDG process to be done completely digitally, from document creation to driver access to document distribution. By utilizing our web app to create and distribute documents and our mobile app to allow drivers to view and display documents while in transit, companies can digitize their entire TDG process. PAYLOAD’s TDG solution satisfies the requirements of the Transport Canada Paperless TDG Sandbox, meaning transporters can site us as their solution-provider when applying for their Equivalency Certificate. Don’t worry – it’s easier than you might think.

So how does the digital TDG help the Chemical industry you ask? And wouldn’t it be nice if the solution increases product classification accuracy (which is of utmost importance when dealing with the kind of products being transported in the industry) for a start? Or gives you the ability to customize the system to incorporate your distinct products, locations, transporters, and more? Or being able to receive delivery confirmation in real time? Or having all data about your loads in one easy-to-access database with provided reporting? Or getting rid of paper documents, saving money and storage space?

PAYLOAD’s eManifest TDG solution allows the whole ecosystem of suppliers, blenders, transporters, and receivers to operate out of the same system so everyone can stay on top of where everything has gone and how much product was moved. A major pain point we have heard from suppliers is that they want to track how much volume their blenders are shipping out on their behalf; well, with PAYLOAD, that’s easy. The included reporting will keep users apprised of real-time movement of products and provide reconciliations day of. There is so much insight to be gained from a relatively simple software solution!

To really drive the previous point home, here is an excerpt of a case study we conducted with the help of one of our clients (you can read the full thing here): Our client discovered that the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) cost savings was approximately 0.75 spread across 4 people that handled the manifesting, tracking, and reporting on products. It also dramatically improved the completeness of documents, ensuring compliance, and provided a 95% decrease in time taken to receive confirmation of delivery and/or a reconciliation. Imagine the cost savings your company could see just in reduction of manual effort, not to mention the environmental and cost benefits of reduced paper use or any of the other obvious benefits mentioned above. Could this make your business better, more efficient, and organized? We believe the answer is yes!

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