Regulatory Action – SGS Canada Inc.
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.
August 1, 2012
Update on regulatory action issued to SGS Canada Inc.
On August 1, 2012, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) confirmed that SGS Canada Inc. complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued to this company on July 19. The corrective measures implemented by SGS Canada Inc. were reviewed and found satisfactory by CNSC staff.
July 25, 2012
Order to SGS Canada Inc.
On July 25, 2012, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced that it had issued an order to SGS Canada Inc.
SGS Canada Inc. currently holds a CNSC licence that authorizes the possession, transfer, use and storage of portable nuclear gauges. The company is based in Mississauga, Ontario, and provides geotechnical, environmental and material engineering services from its offices in Alberta.
The order was issued on July 19 as a result of observations made during an inspection. The inspection identified non-compliances such as the failure to provide effective radiation safety training to workers, the failure to follow internal radiation protection program procedures, and the use of inadequate labelling for safety purposes.
The order requires SGS Canada Inc. to place all nuclear gauges based at its Edmonton, Alberta, location into storage. The portable gauges are to remain in storage until the company can demonstrate that adequate training has been provided to workers and that all items of non-compliance identified during a CNSC inspection have been corrected.
The current placement of the portable nuclear gauges in storage does not pose any immediate risk to the health and safety of workers, the public or the environment.