Regulatory action – AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd.

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and associated regulations, various levels of regulatory action can be taken by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment.

2014

June 30, 2014

Update on order issued to AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd.

On June 30, 2014, the CNSC confirmed that AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued to this company on May 29. The corrective measures implemented by this company were reviewed and found satisfactory by CNSC staff.

June 5, 2014

Order to AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd.

On June 5, 2014, the CNSC announced it had issued an order to AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. The licensee is based in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and offers geotechnical, environmental, civil and materials engineering services. The company currently holds a CNSC licence that authorizes the possession, transfer, use and storage of portable nuclear gauges.

The order was issued on May 29, following a CNSC inspection at the company's location in Medicine Hat. The inspection identified a number of non-compliances related to the requirements for transport of the nuclear gauges. The inspection also revealed that not all workers were adequately trained to conduct the activities authorized under the licence.

The order requires AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. to cease the use of nuclear gauges at its Medicine Hat location until such time that corrective measures have been satisfactorily implemented to address all non-compliances.

The CNSC requires these measures to prevent unreasonable risks to the health and safety of workers, as well as to the public and the environment.

2011

August 29, 2011

Update to regulatory action issued on July 07, 2011 to AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd.

On August 29, 2011, the CNSC confirmed that AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued to this company on July 07, 2011. The corrective measures implemented by AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. were reviewed and found satisfactory by CNSC staff. AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. has since resumed normal operations.

July 13, 2011

Order to AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd.

On July 13, 2011, the CNSC announced that it had issued an order to AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd.

AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. is a Canadian consulting firm that provides geotechnical, environmental and material engineering services for South/Central Alberta and Saskatchewan. AR Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. holds a licence that authorizes it to possess, transfer, use and store portable nuclear gauge devices.

The order, issued July 07, 2011 requires the company to place all nuclear substances/devices into secure storage until it can demonstrate to the CNSC's satisfaction that a radiation protection program has been fully implemented, that workers and managers have received adequate training on their radiation protection program and that all items of non-compliance observed in CNSC inspection index 252776 have been addressed.

The order was issued as a result of observations made during a compliance inspection that took place from July 5 to July 7. This inspection included such non-compliances as doses to workers not being ascertained, shipping dangerous goods without a transport document and not meeting the commitments documented within the company's safety program.