The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served an improvement notice on Place 2 Place Logistics Ltd for not having an adequate emergency plan for the transport of radioactive material.
The shortfall was found by ONR during a routine compliance inspection of the Staffordshire based company which is involved in the transport of radiopharmaceuticals.
Radiopharmaceuticals are radioactive medicines commonly used for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer. These materials are routinely transported to and from medical facilities across the country.
Transport arrangements for these materials must meet strict regulatory requirements to protect workers and the public.
ONR served the notice on Place 2 Place Logistics Ltd on 13 September under The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009.
The regulations require dutyholders to have an adequate emergency plan in place for the transport of radioactive material to secure (so far as is reasonably practicable), the restriction of exposure to ionising radiation and the health and safety of persons who may be affected by a radiation emergency.
There were no consequences to the public or the environment as a result of the shortfall.
Gavin Smith, ONR’s Superintending Inspector, said: “We will engage with Place 2 Place Logistics Ltd during the period of the improvement notice to ensure positive progress is made to address the shortfall.”
Place 2 Place Logistics Ltd have until 18 November 2022 to comply with the improvement notice by demonstrating they have an appropriate emergency plan.