Scientific Tours / Visites scientifiques
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Chalk River Facility Tour
Monday, May 27
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization. CNL has been a world leader in developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear technology through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology, and engineering.
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Laboratory Tour
Monday, May 27, and Thursday, May 30
Located in Ottawa, this well-equipped laboratory provides radiation instrument training, instrument calibration services, sample analysis, and scientific expertise in the fields of radiation physics, radiochemistry, analytical chemistry, and nuclear forensics.
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) inspectors use specialized instruments to detect gamma, beta, alpha, and neutron radiation during inspections at licensee facilities. For these inspectors and others, the CNSC lab maintains and calibrates ~400 instruments in a state-of-the-art calibration facility. In 2016, the CNSC Lab was granted ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation after demonstrating the ability to produce precise and accurate calibration service results.
The CNSC lab analyzes samples collected by CNSC inspectors and staff working on the Independent Environmental Monitoring Program (IEMP). IEMP is designed to verify that public health and the environment around licensed nuclear facilities are protected.
Samples of water, soil, air, swipes, vegetation, and locally farmed and wild food are analyzed for radiological (nuclear) and non-radiological (hazardous elements) content. Inspection samples are analyzed to ensure licensees are complying with laws, regulations, and their licence conditions.