“No risk” from CNL training “lapses”

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Staff of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission say there was “no risk” to the public or the environment from “lapses” in training discovered at the Chalk River labs earlier this year.

In a report to the May meeting of the commission members, CNSC staff said Canadian Nuclear Laboratories observed a “trend” of radiation protection staff at Chalk River missing required “refresher training” this January.

On January 25, CNL reported an “event” where “multiple CNL employees had expired radiation protection training.”

The report noted that employees “were not notified of the pending expiry in advance or notified of expiry when the training had lapsed.”

CNL identified that their electronic learning management system (LMS) “was not properly configured to notify all employees of upcoming training requirements, in advance of expiration.”

“An initial assessment of training records by CNL identified over 400 employees with expired radiation protection training.”

In a community bulletin January 31, CNL said it had launched a review to identify how many employees require training updates and “has put in place work restrictions as needed.”

“A corrective action plan is underway to quickly rectify any gaps in personnel training and to ensure full compliance”…

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