Office for Nuclear Regulation

CTS Logistics, compliance inspection Transport of Radioactive Materials (Class 7 dangerous goods)

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 (

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of the inspection was to review CTS Logistics arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection at CTS Logistics HQ site on 10 Dec 2020.

The inspection was carried out in conjunction with the ONR CNS inspector who looked at aspects of compliance with the Nuclear Industry Security Regulations 2003

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 CTS Logistics 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 security plans under ADR 1.10, adequate management arrangement in the main, suitable local rules, training and transport documentation. The inspector identified a number of non-compliances and discussed these during the inspection, which included the radiation risk assessment and emergency plans which required changes.

During the inspection, the inspector also suggested certain improvements to transport practices that would be prudent for CTS Logistics to consider.

 Conclusion of Intervention

 CTS Logistics demonstrated that for certain aspects of its operations it met the requirements of CDG, ADR, IRR17 and REPPIR19. Based on the inspection sample, the inspector identified two non-compliances with relevant legislation and suggested two improvements. The inspector discussed these during the inspection and CTS Logistics gave a commitment to address them.

The inspector gave CTS Logistics until 29 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 relatively minor deficiencies in compliance arrangements.

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