Regulatory action – Bakos NDT Ltd.

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA) 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.

2018

October 24, 2018

Order issued to Bakos NDT Ltd.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has issued an order to Bakos NDT Ltd., a company based in Whitecourt, Alberta. The company currently holds a CNSC licence authorizing the possession, transfer, use and storage of nuclear substances contained in industrial radiography exposure devices, for the purpose of materials testing.

The order was issued following a CNSC inspection in Whitecourt, Alberta. The inspection revealed that one of its workers was operating an exposure device without a current certification and without being under the direct supervision of a certified exposure device operator, and did not use radiation detection equipment in accordance with regulatory requirements. The inspection also identified non-compliances related to the company’s obligations to ensure that all of its workers who operate its exposure devices are adequately trained and are certified in accordance with CNSC expectations.

The order requires the company to remove one of its workers from operating exposure devices until such time as it can demonstrate that the worker has been adequately trained, is certified as per CNSC expectations, and no longer poses a risk to the health and safety of the public. The company must also implement measures to ensure that all of its workers who operate exposure devices are either certified in accordance with CNSC expectations or are supervised in accordance with trainee supervision obligations.

The CNSC requires these measures in order to protect the health and safety of workers, the public and the environment.

2017

October 23, 2017

Order issued to Bakos NDT Ltd.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has issued an order to Bakos NDT Ltd., a company based in Whitecourt, Alberta that provides testing services to the industrial sector. The company currently holds a CNSC licence authorizing the possession, transfer, use and storage of nuclear substances contained in industrial radiography exposure devices, for the purpose of materials testing.

The order was issued following a CNSC inspection in Whitecourt, Alberta. The inspection identified a lack of supervision of a trainee while operating an industrial radiography exposure device. The order prohibits an employee from supervising trainee until the licensee can demonstrate, to the CNSC’s satisfaction, that it has effective control over the supervision of such trainee.

On November 3, 2017, the CNSC confirmed that Bakos NDT Ltd. had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued October 23, 2017. The corrective measures implemented by the company were reviewed and found to be satisfactory by CNSC staff.

The CNSC requires these measures to protect the health and safety of workers, the public and the environment.

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