Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Chapelcross licensed site inspection in relation to the safe transport of radioactive material

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of the intervention at Magnox Ltd's Chapelcross site was to:

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection included a visit to parts of the site involved with the preparation and transport of radioactive material, 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 (CDG09), a relevant statutory provision of the Energy Act 2013, and one which requires carriage by road and rail to be in accordance with the appropriate edition of a European Agreement known as ADR (for road) and RID (for rail). The current editions are ADR 2017 and RID 2017. The scope of the inspection was limited to radioactive material transport[1] related activities in particular:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

The Inspector examined a representative sample of the transport arrangements deployed by Magnox Ltd at Chapelcross and compared the requirements within relevant statutory provisions and management systems standards with both prescribed arrangements and actual practice.

Inspection Findings

One finding was raised during the inspection. The Authorisation Instructions for the Site Movement Liaison Officer (SMLO) specifies a competency review requirement to ‘ensure that update training has been completed against latest regulations'. During the inspection it became evident that one individual had been re- authorised as a SMLO without the required training taking place.

Conclusion of Intervention

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

Notwithstanding the above finding, it is my opinion that the Management System employed by Magnox Ltd at Chapelcross in relation to Radioactive Material Transport related activities is considered to be adequate for the purposes of compliance with the requirements of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations and ADR 2017.

  1. For the purpose of ONR Transport Inspections, ‘Transport' comprises all operations and conditions associated with, and involved in, the movement of radioactive material; these include the design, manufacture, testing, documentation, use, maintenance and inspection of all special form radioactive material, low dispersible radioactive material and packages; and the preparation, consigning, loading, carriage including in-transit storage, unloading and receipt at the final destination of loads of radioactive material and packages.