Regulatory action – Gem Testing Ltd.

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.

2016

January 12, 2016

Update on regulatory action issued to GEM Testing Ltd.

On January 12, 2016, the CNSC confirmed that GEM Testing Ltd. had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued on December 4, 2015. The corrective measures implemented by the company were reviewed and found to be satisfactory by CNSC staff.

2015

December 15, 2015

Order to GEM Testing Ltd.

On December 4, 2015, the CNSC issued an order to GEM Testing Ltd., a company based in Dunmore, AB, 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 the head office in Dunmore, during which the CNSC noted deficiencies in how the company was managing its radiation protection program. The order requires GEM Testing Ltd. to cease using the radiation devices prescribed in its licence until it addresses the non-compliances to the CNSC’s satisfaction.

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

2013

September 12, 2013

Order to GEM Testing Ltd.

On September 12, 2013, the CNSC announced it had issued an order to GEM Testing Ltd.

GEM Testing Ltd. is based in Dunmore, Alberta, and 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 CNSC issued the order on September 6 as a result of observations made during inspections at two of the licensee's work sites in Medicine Hat, Alberta. The order requires GEM Testing Ltd. to immediately prohibit two of its workers from transporting portable nuclear gauges until it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the CNSC that these workers have been effectively retrained in the proper transport of radioactive devices and packages.

The CNSC requires these measures in order to prevent unreasonable risk to the health and safety of these persons, as well as to the public and the environment.