Office for Nuclear Regulation

Transport – Inspection ID: 51858

  • Site: Transport Competent Authority
  • Inspection ID: 51858
  • Date: September 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 Construction Materials Testing Limited arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection virtually on 1 September 2022.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The chosen inspection sample included:

  • Notification, registration or consent – IRR17 Regulation 5, 6 or 7;
  • Suitable and sufficient Radiation Risk Assessment (RRA) – IRR17 Regulation 8;
  • Restriction of Exposure – IRR17 Regulation 9;
  • Suitable and sufficient contingency planning and/or emergency arrangements – IRR17 Regulation 13 and CDG 2009 Regulation 24 & Schedule 2;
  • Radiation Protection Adviser – IRR17 Regulation 14
  • Local Rules and Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) – IRR17 Regulation 18;
  • Management system – ADR 1.7.3;
  • Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) report – ADR 1.8.3;
  • Security Training – ADR 1.10.2;
  • Transport Package Certificate of Compliance – ADR;
  • Packaging and labelling – ADR 5.2
  • Dangerous goods transport document and related information – ADR 5.4.1 and
  • Handling and storage – ADR 7.5.7.

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

The inspector sampled the arrangements deployed by Construction Materials Testing Limited for the 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. A number of examples of the dutyholder meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP were identified including: suitable IRR17 registration, notification & consent, appropriate local rules and a comprehensive set of procedures and arrangements covering all aspects of transport.

The inspector identified several non-compliances and discussed these during the inspection, which included the need to make improvements to the Radiation Risk Assessment, testing of the contingency plans as well as Radiation Protection Advisor appointment in writing.

Conclusion of Intervention

Construction Materials Testing Limited demonstrated that for aspects of its transport operations it met the requirements of CDG, ADR and IRR17.

Based on the inspection sample, the inspector identified three areas of non-compliances with relevant legislation as well as six areas for improvement. The inspector discussed these during the inspection and Construction Material Testing Limited gave a commitment to address them.

The inspector gave Construction Materials Testing Limited until 21 October 2022 to provide ONR either with evidence that the findings had been resolved, or an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion.

For this intervention an IIS Rating of Green was given to reflect that there were minor contraventions of specific administrative requirements.

The identified contraventions will be managed through ONR’s Issues Management arrangements.