The recent amendments to CNSC’s Radiation Protection Regulations were meant to enhance radiation protection for workers, the public, and the environment based on international standards for radiation protection and CNSC regulatory operational experience. This article from CNSC’s Jessica Milligan-Taylor, a project officer with the Accelerators and Class II Facilities Division, outlines all of the changes and draws special attention to some changes of particular interest.
The amended Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Radiation Protection Regulations were published in November of 2020. Following their publication, CNSC adopted a compliance promotion approach with licensees to allow them time to update their radiation safety programs. That period has now ended and all licensees must now meet the new requirements.
The July 2022 issue of the Directorate of Nuclear Substance Regulation (DNSR) Digest highlighted some areas where CNSC inspectors continue to see non-compliance with the updated regulations. We thought this would be a good time to remind Bulletin readers of the regulation changes.