Office for Nuclear Regulation

Cardiff and Vale Health Board, compliance inspection

Executive summary

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), the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) and the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019 (REPPIR19). CDG refers to the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and ONR used ADR 2019 during this inspection (www.unece.org).

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of the inspection was to review Cardiff and Vale Health Board’s arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection remotely via MS Teams site on 17 November 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 Cardiff and Vale Health Board 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.  The inspector identified a number of examples of the duty holder meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP, including suitable and sufficient management arrangements, security and safety processes, provision for training and contingency plans. The inspector identified one non-compliances and discussed this during the inspection, which was related to the Radiation Risk Assessment and requirements for emergency arrangements.

During the inspection, the inspector also suggested certain improvements to transport practices that would be prudent for Cardiff and Vale Health Board to consider.

Conclusion of Intervention

 Cardiff and Vale Health Board demonstrated that for certain aspects of its operations it met the requirements of CDG, ADR and IRR17. Based on the inspection sample, the inspector identified one non-compliances with relevant legislation and suggested three improvements. The inspector discussed these during the inspection and Cardiff and Vale Health Board gave a commitment to address them.

The inspector gave Cardiff and Vale Health Board until 15 Jan 2021 to provide ONR either with evidence that the findings have been resolved, or an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion.

For this intervention, the inspector gave an inspection rating of GREEN, due to there being only relatively minor deficiencies in compliance arrangements.

ONR will monitor the identified non-compliances through its Issues Management arrangements.