Transport Emergency Card (TREM Card)

Last Updated: November 8, 2018

Definition - What does Transport Emergency Card (TREM Card) mean?

Transport Emergency Cards (TREM Cards) are cards that workers carry at all times when their work involves transporting hazardous wastes. These cards are provided by the occupier or operator of a facility and must be kept in the cab of any vehicle transporting dangerous goods, unless they are in sufficiently low quantities.

TREM Cards carry information about the particular goods being transported and provide instructions to the driver or emergency responders in the event of an incident.

Safeopedia explains Transport Emergency Card (TREM Card)

TREM Cards list the nature of the carried substances, associated hazard(s), and what actions should be taken in the event of an emergency. They also include a contact name and telephone number for the relevant emergency services in the event of an accident.

Transport Emergency Cards must be visible in the vehicle at all times during the transportation of hazardous substances. Upon delivery, TREM Cards are removed from view. The consignor is required under regulations to either supply the cards or give enough information for the operator to obtain the correct ones. However, the carrier also has a legal obligation to ensure that cards are appropriate to the load.

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