Office for Nuclear Regulation

BES Group (site) Transport – Inspection ID: 52834

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection:

  • September 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: Amber
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Designation of Controlled or supervised areas Reg 17 IRR17 – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Emergency arrangements – Rating: Not rated
  • 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: Amber
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Security Plan – Rating: Not rated
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Sub contract arrangements – Rating: Not rated
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Training – Rating: Amber
  • 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 British Engineering Services (BES) meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP, including appropriate appointment of Radiation Protection Advisers/Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers (RPA/DGSA), procedures supporting carriage, vehicle signage and equipment, transport documentation, and designation of controlled areas.

The inspectors identified several areas of non-compliance and discussed these during the inspection. These were associated with the Radiation Risk Assessment, Transport Management System, Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser and Training.


The inspection findings were presented to BES.

We judged an overall rating of Amber was appropriate for this inspection based on no immediate risk of serious personal injury, the low frequency of transport activities, discussion with the Transport Competent Authority lead, and BES’ openness and willingness to resolve the inspection findings.

BES is required to provide ONR with evidence that the non-compliances related to the RRA have been resolved by the 30th October 2023, or otherwise before the next transport activity is conducted.

BES is also required to provide ONR either with evidence that the remaining non-compliances have been resolved, or provide an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion, by the 30 November 2023.

The non-compliances will be tracked to completion via a regulatory issue.