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A unique 3-day program designed to prepare you to fulfill your legal obligations surrounding X-ray safety in the workplace.

Topics covered include:

  • Health Canada Safety Code 35
  • Provincial Regulations
  • Radiation quantities and units
  • Biological and health effects of exposure to X-rays
  • X-ray systems, X-ray imaging and safety surveys
  • X-rays: radiation made by machine
  • Radiation detection

You do not need any prior radiation training or experience to take the course and you will receive the Radiation Safety Institute’s X-Ray Safety Officer certificate upon completion of all course requirements.

A dynamic mix of lecture, active discussion, daily assignments and a final exam sets the XSO program apart from any workplace safety course you’ve ever taken. This is supplemented with a training manual which includes copies of all slides and assignments.


Industry, Labour, Government, Health & Safety Professionals, Industrial Hygienists, Safety Inspectors, Imaging Technologists, Nurses, etc.
By providing a solid foundation in the nature and effects of X-ray radiation, this course will prepare you to be your organization’s qualified X-ray Safety Officer (XSO) and to oversee the safe use of X-ray equipment in your workplace.

Already an XSO? Has it been a few years since you earned your certificate?
As an active XSO you will benefit from our new one-day course that reinforces your X-ray safety knowledge.


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1-Day Workshop – Introduction to Root Cause Analysis – June 16, 2017

Join Radiation Safety Institute of Canada for this 1-day complimentary workshop In collaboration with Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI).


This workshop is to experience an overview of the key elements that make up an effective root cause analysis on a high consequence and/or high significance nuclear event to help manage your future risk.


This eight-hour interactive workshop introduces a plain English overview to Root Cause Analysis based on ordinary logic and a High Reliability Organization’s (HRO) quality principles.

After completing the workshop, participants will be able to immediately apply the learning in their workplace.

This Workshop provides an overview of the causal analysis approach, and is not a causal analysis certification course.

During the workshop, participants will focus on an event scenario that does not require previous causal analysis specific knowledge to understand and analyze. Following an overview of selected tools, participants engage in group discussions and hands-on exercises that facilitate internalization of the subject. At the completion of each exercise, the facilitator will review how he applied the tool just discussed.

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Adverse events do happen, and in nearly all cases are preventable. Before we can effectively apply any root cause approach to ultimately minimize a repeat of the same or similar event, we need to understand

  • How events happen;
  • What causal analysis can, and cannot do, so our investigation goals are focused and realistic;
  • What specific analytical tools can do, so we select appropriate tools and apply them properly;
  • How to identify factors worth correcting, so we address the underlying issues without losing focus;
  • How to deine effective corrective actions, to add value and prevent event repetition;
  • How to oversee and measure corrective action implementation.


This workshop is intended for Project Managers in nuclear supplier organizations, Operations and Maintenance Managers, Safety Officers, Labour Management, General Managers, Craft Field Supervision, Radiation Protection Managers, Project Oversight Assessors, Managers responsible for safety and project performance, contractors who rely on the licensee to do their root causes, and especially nuclear supplier groups who are experiencing frequent consequential events and/ or close calls while supporting a nuclear facility’s major project.



Dr. Michael Quinn has invested over 40 years into the public health and safety of nuclear industry operations, entailing 25 years in power block operations at two nuclear power stations. Over the past 16 years he has been a consultant to the nuclear industry, engaged in the safe operation of nuclear units, as well as in the new build, refurbishment and decommissioning sectors of the nuclear industry while consulting to more than two dozen nuclear units and facilities in the US and Canada. Michael conducts assessments on operational/organizational events and investigates contractor incidents at nuclear power facilities; performs root cause evaluation on significant events; and has led recovery project management for nuclear licensees and suppliers.
He has provided root cause training to nuclear station staffs, large suppliers (e.g., NSSS and reactor plants); small nuclear suppliers (e.g., refurbishment, new builds); labour providers to nuclear projects; regulatory agencies (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority in 2017); and to non-nuclear HROs.


Note: at this workshop we can accept one participant per company.

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Evaluating Event Investigation Root Cause Reports – 2017 Course

A comprehensive course for Nuclear Regulatory Agencies and Nuclear Organization Oversight Groups

MillstoneCOURSE DESCRIPTION |  An extensive three-day training in evaluation of adequacy and potential effectiveness of root cause reports. Designed to train participants in evaluating the root cause analysis for their review. Participants will learn to apply critical evaluation skills needed to determine the quality of investigation and effectiveness of the proposed corrective actions.

Calandria FaceWHO SHOULD ATTEND | Regulatory Agencies (e.g., US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Canada Nuclear Safety Commission, Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority), Corrective Action Review Boards (CARB), Management Review Groups (MRG), Utility Owners, Utility Owners’ Representatives, Oversight Review Groups, Offsite Review Groups, Public Utility Boards, Risk Managers, Due Diligence Assessors, Executives, and Line Managers who have responsibility for operational safety and quality in the nuclear power industry. This course will provide insight and benefit for those individuals implementing, managing, and/ or overseeing problem identification, human performance, and corrective action programs.

COURSE CURRICULUM | The participants will learn to determine the degree to which:

  1. The problem was evaluated using an appropriate systematic methodology to identify the root and contributing causes;
  2. The depth of the root cause evaluation was commensurate with the significance of the problem;
  3. The root cause evaluation addressed extent of condition and extent of cause;
  4. The corrective actions have been appropriately prioritized with consideration of risk significance and regulatory compliance;
  5. The quantitative or qualitative measures of success have been developed for determining the effectiveness of the corrective actions to prevent recurrence

The Phoenix method | The Phoenix Method is a business-oriented, consequence-focused, significance-driven investigation process successfully applied for over 25 years in organizations and industries with a strong desire to avoid repeating mistakes and to prevent serious accidents or events from recurring. The Phoenix Method may be utilized to evaluate any event for which the adverse consequences can be defined …..
“if the pain is describable, the Phoenix Method is applicable.”

Overview of a RCA Report


2017 Root Cause Analysis Execution Course (3 day):
– For regular course schedule and information go to

RSIC National Office, 165 Avenue Road, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5R 3S4
– Course is available as an on-site option, call us today for a quote

Four Convenient Ways To Register |
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Phone |        416-650-9090 ext. 2
Fax |                   416-650-9920

Download 2017 Evaluating Event Investigation Root Cause Reports Brochure Here:

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Root Cause Analysis Investigation – 2017 Course

Engage Proven Techniques to Conduct Causal Analysis for High Consequence/ High Significance Events

Diablo Canyon-panoramaCOURSE DESCRIPTION | Unexpected events in a nuclear project frequently have significant consequences – delays, dose, rework, disruptions, discharges, dollars . . . and much worse.

In this comprehensive five-day course, participants will learn and engage proven techniques for conducting focused and effective causal analysis reports for nuclear power industry events, conditions or trends that have high consequences and/ or high significance outcomes.
The student will learn about and engage the essential investigation skills necessary to enable that the direct and underlying event and organizational factors have been sufficiently and effectively investigated; and that specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely corrective actions have been developed, with the intent of significantly reducing the probability of recurrence of the same or similar event.

RCA LabyrinthWHO SHOULD ATTEND | This course is intended for Causal Analysts, Project Managers in nuclear supplier organizations, Operations, Maintenance and Radiation Protection Management, Safety Officers, Labour Management, General Managers, Project Oversight Assessors, Contractors who rely on the licensee to do their root causes; and notably nuclear organizations and supplier groups who are experiencing frequent consequential events and/ or close calls while supporting a nuclear facility’s major project.

COURSE CURRICULUM | Participants will engage in:

  • Planning, organizing, and controlling a root cause assessment
  • Selecting appropriate systematic methodologies
  • Determining the depth of the root cause evaluation needed
  • Determining the role of prior occurrences and related factors
  • Developing extent of condition and extent of cause analyses
  • Assessing safety culture
  • Drawing and demonstrating linkage among the factors
  • Developing SMART corrective actions
  • Learning to prioritize corrective actions with consideration of risk significance and regulatory compliance

The Phoenix method | The Phoenix Method is a business-oriented, consequence-focused, significance-driven investigation process successfully applied for over 25 years in organizations and industries with a strong desire to avoid repeating mistakes and to prevent serious accidents or events from recurring. The Phoenix Method may be utilized to evaluate any event for which the adverse consequences can be defined …..
“If the pain is describable, the Phoenix Method is applicable.”

Overview of a RCA Report


2017 Root Cause Analysis Execution Course (5 day):
– For regular course schedule and information go to

RSIC National Office, 165 Avenue Road, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5R 3S4
– Course is available as an on-site option, call us today for a quote

Four Convenient Ways To Register |
Web |
E-mail |
Phone |        416-650-9090 ext. 2
Fax |                   416-650-9920

Download 2017 Root Cause Analysis Investigation Brochure Here:

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1st Certified Radon Chamber available in Canada is Only Months Away!

The first Certified Canadian Radon Chamber is coming online in spring of 2017.

The Radon Chamber project that started two years ago is in its final stages. The chamber is currently undergoing certification. Once certified, it can provide commercial services of equipment maintenance and calibration as well as research and development capabilities.

It will also provide national radon measurement and mitigation professionals with an easy to use Canadian-based alternative to shipping radon monitors across the border to the US for quality control purposes.


The Institute team, with much appreciated support from Health Canada, has dedicated the past two years to upgrading the chamber’s technical capabilities, running experiments to ensure stability of radon concentrations and reliability of test results.

With all the upgrades in place and demonstrated proficiency documented in accordance with the Guidance for the Certification of Radon and Radon Decay Product Chambers, the team is awaiting approvals of the submission from AARST-NRPP.


The Canadian Radon Chamber is located in Saskatoon, at our National Laboratories. In a matter of months, our laboratories’ team will be ready to help with spike and performance testing of all radon measurement devices, including: 

  • Alpha-Track;
  • Electret-Ion Chambers (E-PERM);
  • Activated Charcoal;
  • Continuous radon monitors;
  • as well as perform calibrations verification and efficiency determination services for ZnS(Ag) Scintillation Cells and calibration of continuous radon monitors.

For those of you who were with us from the start and provided feedback on the initial surveys: Thank you for supporting us and being a part of this exciting journey! We are every bit as anxious as you are to see the launch of the 1st Certified Radon Chamber available in Canada.

For the new members of the C-NRPP, we would like to say welcome to an extraordinary group of dedicated professionals. We hope to make your important work just a little easier!

The official launch is coming up quickly.

Below you can find the Test Requisition Form as well as Subscription Services and the Price List.

Test Requisition Form

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Subscription Services and the Price List

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Free Radon Test Kits are Offered to Vancouver Islanders

Radiation Safety Institute of Canada supports the initiative taken by the Canadian Cancer Society to provide free radon tests to Vancouver islanders and encourages British Columbia residents to take this opportunity and to get their homes tested.

On July 19, 2016 in the article Radon Risk? Free radon test kits for Vancouver Island, Check News reported that 600 free test kits are available from the Canadian Cancer Society for the three Vancouver Island targeted communities; Nanaimo, Colwood and Gordon Head area. “There’s been some testing done on the Island in recent years, but it’s been limited, so our project is seeking to send out a larger number of test kits and see what the potential could be,” says Jenny Byford of the Canadian Cancer Society.

The article quotes Kelley Bush of the Canadian Cancer Society to say, “Radon gas comes from the breakdown of uranium in the ground. When it comes out of the ground outside it gets diluted and it’s not a health concern, but if it finds a way into an enclosed space, like a home, then it can accumulate to high levels and it becomes a health risk”.

With this free program it has never been easier to test your home for radon and remember, if you find that radon levels are elevated it is not a difficult issue to fix. With the program in place, there is simply no reason to put this off.

Please see a short two minute news clip for more information on the program and remember you can always reach out to us for any questions about radon.

Cell Phones and Cancer Risk

Concerns about the potential relationship between cell phone use and brain cancer risk continue to arise. The worry is that radiofrequency energy from cell phones may affect the brain and other tissues. The only known biological effect of exposure to radiofrequency energy is heating and exposure from cell phone use does cause heating; however, it is not sufficient to cause a measurable  increase in body temperature.

In the words of the National Cancer Institute: “it is generally accepted that damage to DNA is necessary for cancer to develop. However, radiofrequency energy, unlike ionizing radiation, does not cause DNA damage in cells, and it has not been found to cause cancer in animals or to enhance the cancer-causing effects of known chemical carcinogens in animals (3–5).”

At this point in time there is no conclusive scientific evidence from studies of cells, animals, or humans to suggest that cell phone use causes cancer. The debate in the scientific and public domains continues. Have you ever had a conversation on a controversial subject that started with “The research shows(…)”?

Cell Phone & Brain Fact It is true, the research is there. Researchers have carried out several types of epidemiologic studies to investigate the possibility of a relationship between cell phone use and cancer risk. Some of the more talked about studies are: The INTERPHONE study; The Danish cohort study; The Million Women Study. The problem with the all the studies done so far is that each has its own drawbacks and limitations. So before we can start drawing our own conclusions from any study it is important to understand what these limitations are.

Scientific methodolody, if you are not a die hard researcher, could be a boring subject. So lets switch gears and go straight to the visual. Here is a another great video from the team at Veritasium that talks about cell phone use and related studies. If all this will leave you with more questions, remember you can always call us at 1-800-263-5803, reach out to us on twitter @RSICanada or on our Facebook page.


Take Action on Radon. It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3.



November is Radon Action Month. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. It is easy to measure and easy to fix your home if the level is over the Canadian Guideline. Now is the time for Canadians to purchase radon detector kits and place them in their homes.

“RSIC has been dedicated to raising  awareness about the dangers of radon gas in people’s homes, businesses, schools and public buildings for many years. We are delighted to be a part of the National Take Action on Radon Campaign and encourage you to spend 3 minutes watching Mike Holmes talk about radon”, said Steve Mahoney, President of Radiation Safety Institute of Canada.

To reduce the risk of lung cancer for your family, it is easy to follow three simple steps. One: Purchase a long-term detector and follow the instructions. Two: Remember to mail the detector to the laboratory for analysis. Three: If your home is over the Guideline, have a certified radon professional fix your home.

Radon is a radioactive gas in the ground that you can’t see or smell. It can get into the home undetected through cracks in the foundation or gaps around pipes.

Radon is present in almost every home in Canada and the only way to know if the radon level is within the recommended guidelines is to conduct a test.  The Institute offers a reliable, affordable and easy-to-use radon monitoring device. Simply go online or give us a call at 1-800-263-5803 (option 4) or 1-306-975-0566 (option 5) to take the first step towards reducing your risk of developing radon induced lung cancer.

Adding to the radon momentum in Canada, the star of the HGTV series Holmes Makes It Right, Mike Holmes, is working with The Lung Association, Health Canada and the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists to educate Canadians about radon through television and radio public service announcements that will be broadcast nationwide starting in November. The public service announcements can be viewed on the Take Action on Radon website at, various radon partner websites and through television and radio stations across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
  • Health Canada estimates that over 3000 (16%) of lung cancer deaths among Canadians are attributable to indoor radon exposure. Smokers exposed to radon are at significantly higher risk of lung cancer.
  • The higher the radon level and the longer people are exposed to radon, the higher the risk.
  • 7% of Canadians are living in homes with radon levels above the current radon guideline of 200 Bq/m3.Further information on Radon can be found on various websites including those of Health Canada, our website and at













New Regulatory Search Tool

RSIC is proud to announce the launch of the Regulatory Search Tool.

It is a free Tool, designed to guide you to the regulations governing the use of radiation sources that most directly apply to your specific situation or area of interest. Simply select the criterion that most closely applies to you.



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relax, and watch that latest Netflix movie.

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What we want to keep in focus are potential risks posed by radiation in a typical Canadian workplace. According to the International Labour Organization an estimated 609,000 work-related cancer deaths occur worldwide each year, it still amounts to one work-related cancer death every 52 seconds.

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National Day of Mourning: Avoiding tragedy with a commitment to prevention and passion for action.

April 28th is our opportunity to honour our colleagues who have died or suffered a disabling injury on the job.

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