Office for Nuclear Regulation

University of Bristol (Site) Transport – Inspection ID: 52257

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection:

  • May 2023

Aim of inspection

To judge compliance against the transport requirements relevant to this duty holder.

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) 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

Bristol University, and the part of  Bristol medical School which uses the services provided by the university,  transports nearly all its radioactive material/waste as exempt packages (99.9%). There have been transports of excepted material, but none in the last five years.

The use and management of radioactive material is well controlled. Much thought has been put into how to use and transport radioactive material safely. There is an effective management system in place, establishing policies and objectives, and the easy recovery of relevant records and local rules.


The facilities and their management of class 7 goods, and the supporting management system and support from qualified people meet the requirements of CDG’09. This is a low risk enterprise; the greatest risk is the pedestrian transport of packages through the public environment. However, adequate steps are taken at this time.

Standard of compliance with CDG’09 is reflected in the RAG rating.I believe the university faculties seen are low risk for transport activities, and unless circumstances change or there is an incident do not require a compliance inspection for five years.