August 2, 2002
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CSNC) would like to remind licensees and nuclear energy workers of the regulatory requirements under the Radiation Protection Regulations related to the provision of personal information for nuclear energy workers for recording in the National Dose Registry (NDR).
Sections 8, 9, 10 and 19 of the Radiation Protection Regulations provide requirements for the reporting and filing of personal information for nuclear energy workers. The NDR, which is maintained by Health Canada, has had to reject many dose records because licensees fail to provide dosimetry services with the required information. The NDR subsequently alerts the dosimetry service provider when a licensee fails to provide adequate information. Without complete information, dose records cannot be entered in the NDR and dose histories are incomplete. If the dosimetry service is unable to obtain this information, the CNSC follows up with the licensee to ensure that the information required under the Radiation Protection Regulations is provided.
The following information is required for a complete entry into the NDR:
The CNSC uses the dose records in the NDR to monitor CNSC licensees' compliance with the regulatory occupational dose limits and limitation of occupational exposures. The information is used to identify who has received a dose of radiation in excess of the dose limits so that an investigation can be initiated and, where necessary, corrective actions taken. Note that any personal information that the CNSC receives from the NDR is protected under the Privacy Act.
For more information on regulatory requirements related to dosimetry and the provision of personal information for nuclear energy workers, please refer to the CNSC Radiation Protection Regulations, which are available on the CNSC web site at http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca or by contacting the CNSC by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 1-800-668-5284.