Regulatory action – Groupe ABS 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.

2017

June 13, 2017

Update on order issued to Groupe ABS Inc.

On June 7, 2017, the CNSC confirmed that Groupe ABS Inc. had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued on May 18, 2017. The corrective measures implemented by the company were reviewed and found to be satisfactory by CNSC staff.

May 26, 2017

Order issued to Goupe ABS Inc.

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced that it issued an order on May 18, 2017 to Groupe ABS Inc., a company based in St-Rémi, QC that offers geotechnical, environmental, civil and materials engineering services. The company currently holds a CNSC licence authorizing the possession, transfer, import, export, use and storage of portable nuclear gauges for the purposes of measuring compaction and moisture content in materials.

The order was issued following a CNSC field inspection in Laval, QC. The inspection identified non-compliances related to the security of a portable nuclear gauge used at the work site. The inspection also identified that the worker operating the portable nuclear gauge was not adequately trained and was not following company procedures when conducting activities with nuclear gauges.

The order requires the worker to immediately cease the use of portable nuclear gauges until the licensee can demonstrate, to the CNSC’s satisfaction, that the worker is adequately trained in company procedures and to ensure the security of those portable nuclear gauges in the field.

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

Read the order (PDF)

2016

August 10, 2016

Update on regulatory action issued to Groupe ABS Inc.

On August 10, 2016, the CNSC confirmed that Groupe ABS Inc. had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued on June 20, 2016. The corrective measures implemented by the company were reviewed and found to be satisfactory by CNSC staff.

June 20, 2016

Order issued to Groupe ABS Inc.

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced that it issued an order on June 20, 2016 to Groupe ABS Inc., a company based in St-Rémi, QC that offers geotechnical, environmental, civil and materials engineering services. The company currently holds a CNSC licence authorizing the possession and use of portable nuclear gauges for the purposes of measuring compaction and moisture content in materials.

The order was issued following a CNSC field inspection in Laval, QC. The inspection identified non-compliances related to the security of a portable nuclear gauge used at the work site. The inspection also identified that the worker operating the portable nuclear gauge was not adequately trained and was not following company procedures when conducting activities with nuclear gauges.
The order requires the worker to immediately cease the use of portable nuclear gauges until the licensee can demonstrate, to the CNSC’s satisfaction, that the worker is adequately trained to use portable nuclear gauges.

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

2015

August 31, 2015

On August 31, 2015, the CNSC confirmed that Groupe ABS Inc. complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued to this company on August 7, 2015. The corrective measures implemented by this company were reviewed and found satisfactory by CNSC staff.

August 7, 2015

Order to Groupe ABS Inc.

On August 7, 2015, the CNSC issued an order to Groupe ABS Inc., a company based in Saint-Rémi, Quebec that 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 following a CNSC inspection at a work site in Ottawa, Ontario. The inspection identified non-compliances related to the transport of a portable nuclear gauge used at the work site. The inspection also identified that the worker operating and transporting the portable nuclear gauge was not adequately trained to conduct the activities authorized under the licence.

The order requires the worker to immediately cease the use and transport of portable nuclear gauges until it can be demonstrated to the CNSC’s satisfaction that the worker is adequately trained to use and transport portable nuclear gauges.

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