Regulatory oversight reports on the use of nuclear substances

Updated April 8, 2016

The use of nuclear substances is regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and requires compliance with the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, CNSC regulations and licence conditions.

These reports describe the safety performance of licensees using nuclear substances in medical, industrial and commercial applications, as well as for academic and research purposes. Safety performance is measured in terms of licensees' regulatory compliance and occupational doses. The report also includes a summary or reported events and orders issued by the CNSC.

2014 (PDF) (HTML) | 2013 Report (PDF) | 2012 Report (PDF) | 2011 Report (PDF)

Overall performance highlights

In 2014

  • Licensees continued to maintain appropriate safety programs to protect the health and safety of Canadians and the environment.
  • Occupational exposure to radiation continued to be low, with over 99.9% of workers receiving doses below their respective regulatory dose limits.
  • Over 1,450 inspections performed by CNSC staff.
  • Generally satisfactory compliance ratings for operating performance, radiation protection and security safety and control areas.
  • 19 enforcement actions taken against licensees to protect the health and safety of workers, the Canadian public and the environment; satisfactory corrective measures were implemented by all licensees.
  • 147 reported events were assessed by CNSC staff.