Office for Nuclear Regulation

Inspection Ecosse Ltd – Transport, Inspection ID: 51826

Date(s) of inspection:

  • January 2023

Aim of inspection

The purpose of the inspection was to review Inspection Ecosse Ltd’s arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection at Inspection Ecosse Ltd on 18/01/2023.

Subject(s) of inspection

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) Emergency arrangements
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Transport documentation
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Vehicle Requirements Part 8
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Protection Adviser Reg 14 IRR17
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Risk Assessment Reg 8 of IRR 17
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Training

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

The inspector sampled the arrangements deployed by Inspection Ecosse Ltd 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 Local Rules, Radiation Awareness Training, Security and Contingency/Emergency plans and Transport Documentation. The inspector identified one non-compliance and discussed this during the inspection, relating to Radiation Risk Assessments.

During the inspection, the inspector also suggested certain improvements to transport practices that would be prudent for Inspection Ecosse Ltd to consider.


The inspector gave Inspection Ecosse Ltd until 03/03/2023 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.