Office for Nuclear Regulation

Courier Network Systems Limited (Site) Transport – Inspection ID: 52218

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection:

  • August 2023

Aim of inspection

The purpose of the inspection was to review compliance of Courier Network System Limited’s arrangements for class 7 radioactive material for road transport, covering 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: Amber
  • 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) Training – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Vehicle Requirements Part 8 – Rating: Amber

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

The inspector reviewed a range of topics and identified a number of examples of Courier Network Systems Limited meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP, including appropriate appointment of Safety Advisers and Radiation Protection Supervisors, having appropriate Local Rules and a management system and the provision of appropriate training.

The inspector identified four areas of non-compliance and discussed these during the inspection. These were associated with improvements to Courier Network Systems Limited’s transport Radiation Risk Assessments, emergency arrangements, signage of vehicles and personal protective equipment.


The inspection findings were presented to Courier Network Systems Limited at the close of the inspection.

I judged an overall inspection rating of ‘Green’ was appropriate for this inspection as deficiencies in compliance arrangements were relatively minor.

Courier Network Systems Limited is required to provide ONR either with evidence that the four identified non-compliances have been resolved, or an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion, by 13 October 2023. The non-compliances will be tracked to completion via a level 4 regulatory issue.