Regulatory action – Labo S.M. 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 26, 2017

Order issued to Labo S.M. Inc.

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced that it issued an order on June 17, 2017 to Labo S.M. Inc., a company based in Montreal, QC that offers geotechnical, environmental, civil and materials engineering services. The company currently holds a CNSC licence authorizing the possession, transfer, import, use and store 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 Montreal, 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 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)

June 13, 2017

Update on order issued to Labo S.M. Inc.

On June 7, 2017, the CNSC confirmed that Labo S.M. Inc. complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued to this company on May 15, 2017. The corrective measures implemented by this company were reviewed and found satisfactory by CNSC staff.

May 25, 2017

Order issued to Labo S.M. Inc.

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced that it issued an order on May 15, 2017 to Labo S.M. Inc., a company based in Montreal, QC that offers geotechnical, environmental, civil and materials engineering services. The company currently holds a CNSC licence authorizing the possession, transfer, import, use and store 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 including transport.

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 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)

2015

September 21, 2015

On September 21, 2015, the CNSC confirmed that Labo S.M. Inc. complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued to this company on August 12, 2015. The corrective measures implemented by this company were reviewed and found satisfactory by CNSC staff.

August 19, 2015

Order to Labo S.M. Inc.

On August 12, 2015, the CNSC issued an order to Labo S.M. Inc., a company based in Sherbrooke, QC, 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 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 did not follow company procedures to conduct the activities authorized under the licence.

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

2013

November 5, 2013

Update on order issued to Labo S.M. Inc.

On November 5, 2013 the CNSC confirmed that Labo S.M. Inc. complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued to this company on October 2. The corrective measures implemented by this company were reviewed and found satisfactory by CNSC staff.

October 9, 2013

Order to Labo S.M. Inc.

On October 9, 2013, the CNSC announced it had issued an order to Labo S.M. Inc.

Labo S.M. Inc. is located in Sherbrooke, Québec and offers geotechnical, environmental and materials engineering services across the province. 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 October 2, 2013, following a television report that aired on TVA on October 1, 2013. The report showed a technician handling a portable nuclear gauge in an unsafe manner. Labo S.M. Inc. confirmed to the CNSC that the technician was one of their own and that the incident took place on the day of the television report.

The order requires the employee in question to cease using the device immediately and to refrain from using it until Labo S.M. Inc. has given him the necessary training and is certain of his competence.

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