Regulatory action – Groupe ABS Inc.

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and associated regulations, various levels of regulatory action can be taken by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment.


October 5, 2017

Update on the administrative monetary penalty (AMP) issued to Groupe ABS Inc.

On October 5, 2017, the CNSC confirmed the AMP issued to Groupe ABS Inc. has been paid. The CNSC now considers this AMP closed.

September 13, 2017

Administrative monetary penalty issued to Groupe ABS Inc.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) issued an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) to Groupe ABS Inc. in the amount of $6,460. The AMP was issued following CNSC staff’s inspection of a worksite in Montréal, Quebec. The findings of this inspection demonstrated multiple non-compliances, including failure to maintain direct supervision of a portable gauge. These non-compliances constituted a failure to comply with a condition of a licence, in accordance with paragraph 48(c) of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.

June 13, 2017

Update on order issued to Groupe ABS Inc.

On June 7, 2017, the CNSC confirmed that Groupe ABS Inc. had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued on May 18, 2017. The corrective measures implemented by the company were reviewed and found to be satisfactory by CNSC staff.

May 26, 2017

Order issued to Goupe ABS Inc.

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced that it issued an order on May 18, 2017 to Groupe ABS Inc., a company based in St-Rémi, QC that offers geotechnical, environmental, civil and materials engineering services. The company currently holds a CNSC licence authorizing the possession, transfer, import, export, use and storage of portable nuclear gauges for the purposes of measuring compaction and moisture content in materials.

The order was issued following a CNSC field inspection in Laval, QC. The inspection identified non-compliances related to the security of a portable nuclear gauge used at the work site. The inspection also identified that the worker operating the portable nuclear gauge was not adequately trained and was not following company procedures when conducting activities with nuclear gauges.

The order requires the worker to immediately cease the use of portable nuclear gauges until the licensee can demonstrate, to the CNSC’s satisfaction, that the worker is adequately trained in company procedures and to ensure the security of those portable nuclear gauges in the field.

The CNSC requires these measures to protect the health and safety of workers, the public and the environment.

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