Office for Nuclear Regulation

Inspection of Scotoil Services Limited’s Transport of Radioactive Materials (Class 7 Dangerous Goods)

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

ONR regulates the civil transport of radioactive material by road, rail and inland waterway in Great Britain (GB). The ONR Transport Competent Authority (TCA) is responsible for delivering non-nuclear transport inspection and enforcement activities. This particular inspection forms part of that delivery function with reference to Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (CDG) and the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17). CDG refers to the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and ADR 2019 was used during this inspection (www.unece.org).

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of the inspection was to review Scotoil Services Limited’s arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection of the Miller Street site remotely (via Skype and telephone) on 17 August 2020.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The chosen inspection sample included:

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

The inspector sampled the arrangements deployed by Scotoil Services Limited for the safe transport of radioactive materials, including the associated arrangements for protecting workers against the effects of ionising radiations and reducing risks as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).

The inspector compared relevant statutory requirements with both prescribed arrangements and actual practice. A number of examples of the duty holder meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP were identified, including periodic training, security arrangements, local rules and dose assessment and monitoring arrangements. A number of non-compliances were identified and discussed during the inspection, which included a suitable and sufficient radiation risk assessment and emergency arrangements.

During the inspection, the inspector also suggested certain improvements to transport practices that would be prudent for Scotoil Services Limited to consider.

 Conclusion of Intervention

Scotoil Services Limited demonstrated that for aspects of its operations it met the requirements of CDG, ADR and IRR17.

Based on the inspection sample, the inspector identified two non-compliances with relevant legislation and suggested two improvements. These were all discussed during the inspection and a commitment obtained from Scotoil Services Limited to address them.

Scotoil Services Limited was given until 12 October 2020 to provide ONR either with evidence that the findings have been resolved, or an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion.

For this intervention, an IIS Rating of AMBER was given, due to there being some deficiencies identified within its arrangements for compliance with legal requirements. These relate to the two areas of non-compliance identified during the inspection.

All non-compliances will be managed through ONR’s Issues Management arrangements.