Office for Nuclear Regulation

Furness General Hospital (Site) Transport – Inspection ID: 52262

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection:

  • April 2023

Aim of inspection

The purpose of the inspection was to review compliance of Furness General Hospital’s arrangements for class 7 radioactive material for road transport, covering consignor and carrier duties.

Subject(s) of inspection

  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Appropriate management system – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Contingency plans in accordance with IRR Reg 13 – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor subsection 1.8.3 ADR – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Designation of Controlled or supervised areas Reg 17 IRR17 – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Emergency arrangements – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) IRR17 Regulation 19 additional requirements – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Local rules Reg 18 IRR17 – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Protection Adviser Reg 14 IRR17 – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Risk Assessment Reg 8 of IRR 17 – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Training – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Transport documentation – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Vehicle Requirements Part 8 – Rating: GREEN

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

The inspectors reviewed a range of topics and identified a number of examples of Furness General Hospital meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP, including appropriate appointment of Safety Advisers and Radiation Protection Supervisors, having a suitable and sufficient transport Radiation Risk Assessment, Local Rules and emergency arrangements, having appropriate transport documents and equipment and signage on carrier vehicles, the provision of appropriate training and the continued development of the transport management system.

The inspectors identified two areas of non-compliance and discussed these during the inspection. These were associated with the consignment of spent Curium generators and arrangements for contamination monitoring of packages prior to consignment.


The inspection findings were presented to Furness General Hospital at the close of the inspection.

We judged an overall inspection rating of green was appropriate for this inspection.

Furness General Hospital is required to provide ONR either with evidence that the two identified non-compliances have been resolved, or an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion, by the 9th June 2023. The non-compliances will be tracked to completion via a level 4 regulatory issue.