Uranium Mines and Mills Regulations (SOR/2000-206)

Regulations are current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2017-09-22. Previous Versions

Obligations of Licensees

Posting of Code of Practice

 Every licensee shall post a copy of the code of practice referred to in the licence at a location within the uranium mine or mill that is accessible to all workers and where it is most likely to come to their attention.

Operating Procedures

 Every licensee shall

  • (a) establish, implement and maintain written operating procedures for the licensed activity;

  • (b) train its workers to perform their work in accordance with the operating procedures; and

  • (c) audit its workers for the purpose of verifying compliance with the operating procedures.

Ventilation Systems

 Every licensee shall, with respect to the ventilation systems established in accordance with the licence,

  • (a) ensure that each main fan is equipped with a device that provides a warning signal when the main fan is not functioning properly;

  • (b) ensure that a person is designated to receive and respond to a warning signal provided by a device referred to in paragraph (a); and

  • (c) implement measures to prevent any person or activity from interfering with the proper operation of the ventilation systems.

Malfunction of Ventilation System

  •  (1) Where a ventilation system in a work place is not functioning in accordance with a licence, the licensee shall

    • (a) implement alternative measures to protect the health and safety of its workers; and

    • (b) ensure that only the work necessary to restore that system is performed in the work place.

  • (2) Before a worker performs any work that is necessary to restore a ventilation system, the licensee shall inform the worker of the protective measures that have been taken and are to be taken in connection with the work.

Use of Respirators

 No licensee shall rely on the use of a respirator to comply with the Radiation Protection Regulations unless the use of the respirator

  • (a) is for a temporary or unforeseen situation; and

  • (b) is permitted by the code of practice referred to in the licence.

Gamma Radiation

 Every licensee shall

  • (a) post signs at all entrances to each area where the dose rate of gamma radiation exceeds 25 µSv/h, designating the area as a radiation area and indicating the dose rate of gamma radiation in that area; and

  • (b) provide every worker who is to enter an area where the dose rate of gamma radiation exceeds 100 µSv/h with a direct-reading dosimeter.

Training Program

  •  (1) Where a worker successfully completes the training program in basic radiation health and safety referred to in a licence, the licensee shall issue to the worker a certificate indicating that the worker has completed a training program in basic radiation health and safety that is acceptable to the Commission.

  • (2) Every licensee shall provide a copy of the training program referred to in the licence to a workers’ representative.

Records to Be Kept and Made Available

  •  (1) Every licensee shall keep a record of

    • (a) its operating and maintenance procedures;

    • (b) its mine plans showing the actual and planned mine workings;

    • (c) the schedules for all of its planned mining operations;

    • (d) the plans of every tailings-containment structure and area and every diversion structure and system associated with the waste management system;

    • (e) the design of the uranium mine or mill and of the components and systems installed at the mine or mill;

    • (f) the method and relevant data used to ascertain the doses of radiation received by the workers at the uranium mine or mill and the intake of radioactive nuclear substances by those workers;

    • (g) any measurement made in accordance with the licence or the regulations made under the Act;

    • (h) the inspections and maintenance carried out in accordance with the licence or the regulations made under the Act;

    • (i) the quantity of air delivered by each main fan;

    • (j) the performance of each dust control system; and

    • (k) the training received by each worker.

  • (2) Every licensee shall make the records referred to in subsection (1) available at the uranium mine or mill to the workers and a workers’ representative.

  • (3) Every licensee shall retain a record of the training referred to in paragraph (1)(k) for the period that the worker is employed at the uranium mine or mill.

  • (4) Every licensee shall post, at a location within the uranium mine or mill that is accessible to all workers and where it is most likely to come to their attention, a record of the measurements made in respect of every work place in accordance with the licence and these Regulations.

Coming into Force

 These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are approved by the Governor in Council.

 
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