Date(s) of inspection:
Aim of inspection
The purpose of the inspection was to review G2M Testing’s arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection at G2M Testing (site) on 08/11/2022.
Subject(s) of inspection
The chosen inspection sample included:
- Transport (Non-nuclear)
- Transport (Non-nuclear) Training
- Transport (Non-nuclear) Vehicle Requirements Part 8
- Transport (Non-nuclear) Appropriate management system
- Transport (Non-nuclear) Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor subsection 1.8.3 ADR
- 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 IRR17
- Transport (Non-nuclear) Transport documentation
- Overall Inspection Rating
Key Findings, inspector’s opinions and reasons for judgements made
The inspector sampled the arrangements deployed by G2M Testing 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 suitable IRR17 registration, notification & consent, appropriate local rules, contingency and emergency plans and a comprehensive set of procedures and arrangements covering all aspects of transport. The inspector identified a non-compliance relating to the radiation risk assessment and discussed this during the inspection.
During the inspection, the inspector also suggested certain improvements to transport practices that would be prudent for G2M Testing to consider.
Conclusion of intervention
The inspector gave G2M Testing until 6 January 2023 to provide ONR either with evidence that the findings have been resolved, or an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion.
ONR will monitor the identified non-compliances through its Issues Management arrangements.