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Amendments to the CNSC Radiation Protection Regulations: Introduction

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.

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Amendments to the Radiation Protection Regulations: A CNSC Perspective

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.

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Radon in the Workplace – Are You Protected?

Last year, Erin Curry, the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) regional director, explored the contribution of various indoor radon levels to annual effective dose in a two-part series in the Bulletin. In a new series that begins in this issue, she shifts her focus to radon in the workplace. She says, while we know general exposure to elevated levels of radon radiation is linked to increased risk of lung cancer, for radiation protection professionals, exposure to radon gas in the workplace may well be a case of the shoemaker’s children going barefoot.

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New Board Member Interview

Chief Editor Dave Niven interviews Tara Hargreaves, a new member of CRPA’s board of directors. Tara says, “CRPA is the way to connect with those working in radiation safety across Canada. . . I would feel rather alone if I weren’t a member.”

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President’s Message, October 2022

Leah Shuparski-Miller, la présidente de l’ACRP a été inspirée par l’esprit du retour à l’école. En plus d’acheter des fournitures scolaires pour ses enfants, elle achète des fournitures pour elle-même et investit dans des activités de développement professionnel. Elle invite les lecteurs à profiter des offres automnales de l’ACRP.

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Report from the 69th Session of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation

The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation’s (UNSCEAR) is the world authority on radiation science and the estimation of global levels and effects of ionizing radiation that serves as the scientific basis for evaluating radiation risk and for establishing protective measures. For the first time since before the pandemic, their annual session took place in person in Vienna, Austria from May 9 to 13, 2022. At the session, UNSCEAR elected a new bureau; endorsed a new strategy for data collection, analysis, and dissemination; and called for member states to participate in the evaluation of public exposure to ionizing radiation.

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Interview with Leah Shuparski-Miller, CRPA’s President-Elect

In this issue of the Bulletin, continuing his tradition of interviewing interesting people involved in radiation protection, Chief Editor Dave Niven talks with Leah Shuparski-Miller, CRPA’s president-elect. He asks her about her life, her history with CRPA, her motivations for becoming president, and what she hopes to accomplish during her tenure. She says, “Sharing information openly helps us all grow and strengthen our radiation protection community.”