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URENCO Limited Capenhurst - Transport Management System Inspection (SVC4365474)

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this inspection at URENCO UK Limited (UUK) was:

Intervention Carried Out by ONR

The inspection reviewed UUK arrangements in respect of the safe transport of radioactive material, against the requirements of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

Inspection Methodology

The Inspector examined a sample of the transport arrangements deployed by UUK for the safe transport of radioactive material, including the associated management system documents. For this inspection this comprised of:

UUK procedures for these transport operations, processes and the relevant records were examined and implementation reviewed.  The Inspector compared relevant statutory requirements with both prescribed arrangements and actual practice.

The findings of this inspection will be used to inform  ONR’s view of UUK’s compliance with several key themes in the regulations for the transport of radioactive material:

Inspection Findings

I identified two issues that UUK agreed to resolve prior to their first consignment of the GB/3516B transport package. I identified one issue relating to UF6 cylinders that UUK agreed to resolve as a matter of priority. These matters will be followed-up to monitor for progress to satisfactory completion.  Operations of the UF6 cylinder filling, blending and transport appeared well managed and effective.

Conclusion of Intervention

The inspection revealed that the GB/3516B package related transport arrangements need to be developed in some areas and UUK agreed to address these shortfalls prior to the first consignment using the package. With that exception, the UUK arrangements examined in relation to the transport of radioactive material were deemed to be adequate.