Office for Nuclear Regulation

IRISNDT LIMITED – Transport – Inspection ID: 51828

Executive summary

  • Inspection date(s): 25/10/2022

Summary statement

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).

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of the inspection was to review IRISNDT LIMITED’s arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection at IRISNDT LIMITED (Site) on 25/10/2022.

Interventions carried out by ONR

The chosen inspection sample included:

  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Appropriate management system
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Contingency plans in accordance with IRR Reg 13
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor subsection 1.8.3 ADR
  • Transport (Non-nuclear)
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Emergency arrangements
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Local rules Reg 18 IRR17
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Protection Adviser Reg 14 IRR17
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Risk Assessment Reg 8 of IRR 17
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Security Plan
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Transport documentation
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Vehicle Requirements Part 8

Key findings, inspector’s opinions and reasons for judgements made

The inspector sampled the arrangements deployed by IRISNDT LIMITED 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 appointment of Safety Advisers and Radiation Protection Supervisors, transport RRA, Local Rules, emergency plans, special form certificates and certificates of compliance for sources and packages used, maintenance of packages, training, transport documents, vehicles and equipment and management system. No non-compliances were identified.

No non-compliances were identified.

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

Conclusion of intervention

No non-compliances were identified during the inspection.

There were aspects of IRISNDT Limited’s transport operations highlighted during the inspection that relate to improvements to its arrangements, in line with relevant good practice. These will not be recorded in ONR’s Issue Management system.