Office for Nuclear Regulation

Transport – Inspection ID: 22-005

  • Site:Transport Competent Authority
  • IR number: 22-005
  • Date: May 2022
  • LC numbers: N/A

Executive summary

ONR regulates the civil transport of radioactive material by road, rail and inland waterway in Great Britain (GB). The ONR Transport Competent Authority (TCA) is responsible for delivering non-nuclear transport inspection and enforcement activities. This inspection forms part of that delivery function with reference to Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (CDG), the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) and the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019 (REPPIR19). CDG refers to the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and ONR used ADR 2021 during this inspection (

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of the inspection was to review CTS Logistics’ arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection at the CTS Logistics, Silcester site on 24th May 2022.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The chosen inspection sample included:

  • notification, registration or consent – IRR17 Regulation 5, 6 or 7;
  • a suitable and sufficient radiation risk assessment (RRA) – IRR17 Regulation 8;
  • suitable and sufficient measures to restrict exposure – IRR17 Regulation 9;
  • suitable and sufficient Contingency Planning and/or Emergency Arrangements – IRR17 Regulation 13 and CDG 2009 Regulation 24 & Schedule 2;
  • adequate information, instruction and training – IRR17 Regulation 15 and ADR 1.3.1;
  • adequate Transport Documentation – ADR 5.4; and
  • Equipment on Board – ADR;

Key Findings, Inspector’s Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made

The inspector sampled the arrangements deployed by CTS Logistics for the safe transport of radioactive materials, including the associated arrangements for protecting workers against the effects of ionising radiations and reducing risks as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).

The inspector compared relevant statutory requirements with both prescribed arrangements and actual practice.  The inspector identified a number of examples of the dutyholder meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP, including appropriate IRR17 notification/registration, suitable training and instructions, equipment on board and management of transport documentation. The inspector identified a number of non-compliances and discussed these during the inspection, which included radiation risk assessments and contingency/emergency plans.

During the inspection, the inspector also suggested certain improvements to transport practices that would be prudent for CTS Logistics to consider.

Conclusion of Intervention

CTS Logistics demonstrated that for certain aspects of its operations it met the requirements of CDG, ADR and IRR17. Based on the inspection sample, the inspector identified two non-compliances with relevant legislation and suggested one improvements. The inspector discussed these during the inspection and CTS Logistics gave a commitment to address them.

The inspector gave CTS Logistics until 18th July 2022 to provide ONR either with evidence that the findings have been resolved, or an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion.

For this intervention, the inspector assigned an inspection rating of AMBER, due to there being significant failure to implement or meet compliance.

ONR will monitor the identified non-compliances through its Issues Management arrangements.