Transportation Safety and Security
We work diligently to manage the safe and secure transportation of our products.
Nordion has never had a major transport incident.
With safety as our #1 priority, Nordion has an extensive fleet of regulatory-approved lead and steel certified containers that meet all international shipping requirements.
Testing of some containers includes 9-meter drop tests on a flat unyielding surface; 1.2-meter drop tests on a 6-inch diameter, 10-inch tall steel pin; puncture testing; and fire testing at 800 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. The intent is to simulate the capacity to endure extreme crash conditions during transportation.
Packages designed to ship Nordion products are compliant with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations and international standards.
Depending on the use, certain package designs are subject to CNSC and foreign regulatory approvals. These transport package designs are tested against normal and worst-case accident conditions which may be encountered during transport. Package tests must follow strict testing procedures and protocols based on CNSC and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requirements. CNSC approval of a transport package design considers plans for use, emergencies, communications, and security measures.
Excellence in Transportation Security
As part of our commitment to excellence in transportation security, Nordion participates in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program. In addition, Nordion is fully compliant with the (CBSA) Canada Border Services Agency Partners-in-Protection (PIP) program. Both of these programs involve regulatory (i.e. DHS CBP and CBSA) inspection and audit of our security measures established to manage our product during transport.
In 2014, Nordion achieved Tier 3 Certification, the highest level of certification. By achieving a Tier 3 certification, Nordion ensures an effective, ongoing and proactive working relationship with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canadian Border Services Agency, as well as a strengthening of our reputation in Canada and the U.S. in regards to cross border and Customs activities.