Office for Nuclear Regulation

CITYSPRINT (UK) LIMITED – Transport – Inspection ID: 51996

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 CITYSPRINT (UK) LIMITED’s arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection at CITYSPRINT (UK) LIMITED (Site) on 25/10/2022.

The chosen inspection sample included:

  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Training
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Vehicle Requirements Part 8
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Appropriate management system
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Emergency arrangements
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor subsection 1.8.3 ADR
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Protection Adviser Reg 14 IRR17
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Risk Assessment Reg 8 of IRR 17

The inspector sampled the arrangements deployed by CITYSPRINT (UK) 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.

A number of examples of the duty-holder meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are as low as reasonably practicable were identified, including its consideration of media management in the event of an incident during transport, and the periodic check and review of vehicles and equipment to ensure all requirements were maintained within their respective validity periods. No non-compliances were identified during the inspection.

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

Judgements made

There were no aspects of the transport operations inspected that, in my opinion, were not in compliance with either IRR17 or CDG regulations.

No non-compliances were identified during this inspection.