In the morning of October 27, 2022, a Class 7 radioactive package left the Saskatchewan Cyclotron Facility on route to the Royal University Hospital without dangerous goods labelling in accordance with the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations. The package arrived safely at its destination. An investigation is underway to determine the proper corrective action.
On June 23rd, a fitting on a research apparatus leaked, releasing a small amount of short-lived radioactivity out the exhaust stack. The impact to a member of the general public corresponds to 1/100,000 of the regulatory limit or approximately 1/2000 of the dose received during the course of a flight from Vancouver to Toronto. The apparatus has since been removed from service.
With support from the Saskatoon Fire Department, USask Pandemic Response Team, USask Safety Resources and USask Facilities, an In-Person fire drill will be conducted at the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences facility.
In accordance with the Fedoruk Centre Public Information and Disclosure Program, this notice is informing the public the fire drill will evacuate the facility and will be held on June 17th at 11:00 am, weather permitting. The primary goal of the in-person fire drill is to evaluate local emergency response systems and mechanisms.
The Fedoruk Centre is committed to a safe and respectful workplace. We follow all values, policies and procedures of the University of Saskatchewan as a minimum safety requirement. We keep all facilities, equipment and services well maintained, and promote safety consciousness. This includes fostering a positive work environment free of discrimination and harassment.
We do this by:
- Establishing and maintaining an Occupational Health and Safety Committee
- Developing specific procedures to manage hazards unique to our facilities
- Keeping occupational radiation exposures As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA)
- Resolving health, safety, and environmental incidents as quickly as possible
- Complying with all federal, provincial and municipal legislation
- Providing safety training, personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety devices
- Designing, constructing, maintaining and sometimes modifying facilities to prioritize safety
The Fedoruk Centre maintains a Public Information and Disclosure Program [link to pdf] for the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences. The program communicates all information related to the health, safety and security of people and the environment to the public.
Program Elements and Objectives
The public information and disclosure program for the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences supports the Fedoruk Centre’s purpose, strategy and goals. The program aligns with our values of accountability and transparency. The program's objectives are:
- Build awareness of the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences, with emphasis on its positive impacts for medical and life sciences research and health care in Saskatchewan.
- Engage and inform local audiences about the facility’s purpose and activities.
- Engage and inform potential users from academia and industry about facility capabilities.
- Provide accurate information about environmental, health and safety issues.