Overview of the Indefinite Exemption for Devices Containing Radium Luminous Compounds from the Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Regulations
Effective January 1, 2006, there is an indefinite exemption from licensing for persons possessing more than ten (10) devices containing radium luminous compounds provided that:
- radium is the only nuclear substance in the device
- the device is not disassembled or tampered with
Additional requirements of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA) and its regulations associated with radiation and environmental protection, and disposal have not been exempted. A CNSC licence is still required to service radium luminous devices. Service activities include:
- disassembling or repairing devices
- removing radium luminous compounds from devices
In Canada, devices containing radium luminous compounds are regulated by the CNSC. The main regulations that apply are the Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Regulations (NSRD Regulations).
Effective January 1, 2006, an indefinite exemption from paragraph 8(b) of the NSRD Regulations was approved by the Commission. These exemptions were granted by the Commission following an assessment of the risk associated with the possession of devices containing radium luminous compounds, which concluded that the risks to persons were low provided that the devices are intact and handled safely.
Service activities are not covered under this exemption, and will still require a CNSC licence. Radiation and environmental protection requirements under the NSCA are also not exempted. Disposal of devices containing radium luminous compounds must be with a CNSC-licensed radioactive waste management facility.
Given the low risk associated with the possession of devices containing radium luminous compounds, the Commission has determined that this exemption will not pose an undue risk to the environment, the health and safety of persons, or national security.
For more information about devices containing radium luminous compounds, radiation hazards and licensing information, please see: