Office for Nuclear Regulation

Tonkin Materials Testing – Transport, Inspection ID: 51851

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection:

  • February 2023

Aim of inspection

The purpose of the inspection was to review Tonkin Materials Testing’s arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection at Tonkin Materials Testing on 08/02/2023.

Subject(s) of inspection

The chosen inspection sample included:

  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Training
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Appropriate management system
  • 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) Transport documentation

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

The inspector sampled the arrangements deployed by Tonkin Materials 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 compliance inspection of Tonkins Ltd found no matters that warrant further intervention for a number of years, unless their circumstances change or there is an incident.

During the inspection, the inspector also suggested certain improvements to transport practices that would be prudent for Tonkin Materials Testing to consider.


I believe this company to be low risk, and unless circumstances change or there is an incident do not require a compliance inspection for five years.