Office for Nuclear Regulation

SOCOTEC UK Ltd (Warrington) Transport – Inspection ID: 52221

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection:

  • July 2023

Aim of inspection

The purpose of the inspection was to review compliance of the dutyholder’s arrangements for class 7 radioactive material for road and/or rail transport.

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) Emergency arrangements – 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: 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 identified a number of examples of the dutyholder meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP, including suitable IRR17 registration, notification & consent, Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) appointment letter, contingency plan, transport documentation, security training, appropriate package and labelling, appropriate management system and appropriate training for Radiation Protection Supervisors (RPS).

The inspectors identified an area of non-compliance which was local rules and this was discussed during the inspection. The inspectors also identified a non-compliance in relation to radiation risk assessment, whereby an enforcement letter has been issued.


The inspection findings were presented to Socotec UK Ltd at the close of the inspection.

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

We adhered to ONR’s Enforcement Policy Statement, which in this instance was issue of an Enforcement Letter due to non-compliance in relation to the Radiation Risk Assessment. Socotec UK Ltd are required to provide to ONR evidence that the identified non-compliance has been resolved by the 15 September 2023. The non-compliance will be tracked to completion via a Level 3 Regulatory Issue.

Socotec UK Ltd is required to provide to ONR either with evidence that the other identified non-compliance has been resolved, or an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion, by the 15 September 2023. This non-compliance will be tracked to completion via a Level 4 Regulatory Issue.