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Transport inspection at Harwell

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

ONR Transport Programme inspected Magnox Limited at Harwell in relation to the safe transport of radioactive material on 10th February 2016. This compliance inspection (substituted for another inspection already on the plan) was prompted by an incident in which an item of depleted uranium containing Cs137 was incorrectly consigned as LSA1.

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of the intervention was:

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection was conducted through a visit to the Harwell site, interviews with staff and documentary review.

The inspection was conducted against the requirements of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009, a relevant statutory provision of the Energy Act 2013, and one which requires carriage by road to be in accordance with the appropriate edition of a European Agreement known as ADR. The current edition is ADR 2015.

The scope of the inspection was limited to:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable to this Transport inspection.

Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made

Inspection methodology

The Inspectors sampled the transport arrangements deployed by Magnox Limited at Harwell and compared the requirements within relevant statutory provisions and management systems standards with both prescribed arrangements and actual practice.

The Inspectors were accompanied by members of Magnox Limited at all times to help avoid any misunderstandings and contribute to the smooth running of the intervention.

Inspection Findings

No Findings were raised during the inspection.

Conclusion of Intervention

ONR’s assessment on the acceptability of an organisation’s Management System is influenced by:

It is the opinion of ONR Transport that the Management System employed by Magnox Limited (in relation to the areas listed in paragraph 5 above) is considered acceptable for the purposes of compliance with the requirements of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (as amended).