Office for Nuclear Regulation

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – Transport, Inspection ID: 52290

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection:

  • March 2023

Aim of inspection

The purpose of the inspection was to review Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (site) on 01/03/2023.

Subject(s) of inspection

The chosen inspection sample included:

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

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

The inspector sampled the arrangements deployed by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 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 reviewed a range of topics and identified a number of examples of the dutyholder meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP, including having a suitable and sufficient Radiation Risk Assessment, Local Rules, Security and Contingency/Emergency plans and Transport Documentation.

During the inspection, the inspector also suggested certain improvements to transport practices that would be prudent for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to consider.


There are no further actions required by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to ensure compliance.