Office for Nuclear Regulation

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (Whiston Hospital) – Inspection ID: 52215

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection:

June 2023

Aim of inspection

Inspect compliance of the dutyholder’s arrangements for the transport of class 7 radioactive material.

Subject(s) of inspection

  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Appropriate management system – Rating: AMBER
  • 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: Not Rated
  • 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: AMBER
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Security Plan – Rating: Not Rated
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Sub contract arrangements – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Training – Rating: GREEN
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Transport documentation – Rating: AMBER
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Vehicle Requirements Part 8 – Rating: Not Rated

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

The inspectors reviewed a range of topics and identified a number of examples of St Helens and Knowsley Training Hospital, and The Compass Group / Medirest meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP, including appropriate appointment of Safety Advisers, emergency arrangements, and procedures supporting carriage.

The inspectors identified four areas of non-compliance and discussed these during the inspection. These were associated the Radiation Risk Assessment, Transport Management System, Marking and Labelling, and Training.


The inspection findings were presented to St Helens and Knowsley Training Hospital, and The Compass Group / Medirest.

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

St Helens and Knowsley Training Hospital, and The Compass Group / Medirest is required to provide ONR either with evidence that the non-compliances have been resolved, or an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion, by the 8th August 2023. The non-compliances will be tracked to completion via a level 4 regulatory issue.