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Canadian Requirements for Ensuring Workers– Competency in the Field of Nuclear Energy

Abstract of the presentation presented at:
IAEA Technical Working Group – Managing Human Resources (TWG-MHR)
June 14–17, 2016

Prepared by:
Corinne Françoise
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission


In line with new Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulatory requirements introduced in 2014, Canadian licensees holding Class 1A and 1B nuclear licences, including the uranium mines and mills, have designed and developed training systems based on the principles of a systematic approach to training (SAT). With ten Canadian reactors scheduled to undergo refurbishment, increased focus is being placed on ensuring workers’ competencies throughout the refurbishment outages. From a regulatory perspective, licensees are expected to submit detailed training plans for all workers involved with or affected by the refurbishments including contractor personnel and personnel providing project oversight and management.

Paralleling these efforts to ensure that workers are trained to carry out licensed activities, the CNSC is also focusing on “fitness for duty”. The CNSC recognizes that being trained and qualified alone is not enough; workers must be physically and mentally capable of performing their duties competently and safely. Consequently, we are developing regulatory requirements related to fitness for duty in order to provide assurance that workers that could pose a risk to nuclear safety or security are free of any impairment that could hinder their abilities to competently perform their duties.

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