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Health, Safety
& Security

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of workers, the public and the environment and to meeting the requirements of regulators, customers, stakeholders and the general public in fulfilling the mandate of delivering clean, safe environments to Canadians.


CNL has a “Target Zero” philosophy regarding health and safety events, lost-time incidents for workers and impacts on public safety and the environment.

Our strong safety culture is incorporated into the fabric of the organization through mandatory new-employee orientation, ongoing training and strict adherence to CNL safety policies and procedures. From top to bottom, everyone at CNL takes responsibility for ensuring our work is carried out safely and responsibly and that approach extends to our subcontracted workforces.

We work closely with local emergency services to ensure that personnel are knowledgeable about PHAI site conditions and that all staff, including our contractors, are well prepared to act quickly, effectively and efficiently in the event of any emergency.

Compliance and Surveillance

Robust compliance and surveillance program provide independent, internal oversight of all work conducted under the PHAI to ensure to ensure contractors are working to meet expectations, including the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) requirements as outlined in the project specific Waste Nuclear Substance Licences.

Emergency Preparedness

CNL is committed to providing the safest environment for the public and our employees. Our safety-first culture is a part of everything we do, with preventative measures taken to ensure that our plans, facilities and equipment are regularly maintained, tested, and inspected in compliance with the standards and policies of our provincial and federal regulators including the CNSC.

PHAI projects follow the industry and Canadian comprehensive all-hazards approach to safeguard the public from any potential incidents, with plans in place to ensure any event is properly managed and risks to people and the environment are minimized. Preparations include a trained emergency operations team and subject matter experts who are on-call and ready to respond.

Our emergency preparedness plans are highly integrated and aligned with our host municipalities and regulatory agencies. Drills and exercises to test our plans and practice and improve on our processes are a joint contribution and are often partnered with the local community, provincial and federal agencies.

Related Links

Municipality of Clarington Emergency Preparedness

Municipality of Port Hope Emergency Management

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