Office for Nuclear Regulation

Geoff Jobling Transport, 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 (www.unece.org).

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of the inspection was to review Geoff Jobling Transport’s arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material.  The inspection was undertaken remotely on 10th December 2020.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The chosen inspection sample included:

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

The inspection established that Geoff Jobling Transport operates in the capacity of a ‘Driver’ under the direction and control of its sole client.  Geoff Jobling Transport relies upon that client to implement a Radiation Risk Assessment (RRA) and associated control measures for transport of Radioactive Materials, in accordance with CDG, ADR and IRR17. 

The ONR inspection was triggered by Geoff Jobling Transport Registering its work with radionuclides under the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17).  

The inspection sample was restricted to establishing compliance with basic driver duties.  A number of examples of the duty holder meeting relevant good practice in fulfilling these duties were identified, including: Geoff Jobling Transport had a good understanding its legal duties; it had a good working relationship with its sole client responsible for consigning the radioactive materials and it only undertook work for this client. 

No shortfalls in compliance with legislation were identified although the inspector suggested certain improvements to transport practices that would be prudent for Geoff Jobling Transport to consider. 

 Conclusion of Intervention

Geoff Jobling Transport satisfied its duties for vehicle crews, equipment, operation and documentation required under ADR whilst wider duties were under the direction and control of its sole client.

Geoff Jobling transport was advised to review its Registration with HSE and also advised to ensure that the direction and control implemented by its client was appropriately documented.

For this intervention, an overall IIS Rating of GREEN is given to reflect that Legal duties were complied with.