Office for Nuclear Regulation

University of Leicester, 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 University of Leicester’s arrangements associated with the road transport of radioactive material. ONR carried out this inspection remotely via MS Teams on 20 Jan 2021.

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 University of Leicester 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 appropriate training, suitable contingency plans and the provision of DGSA advice. One non-compliance was identified and discussed during the inspection, relating to details within the radiation risk assessment.

During the inspection, the inspector also suggested certain improvements to transport practices that would be prudent for University of Leicester to consider.

Conclusion of Intervention

University of Leicester demonstrated that for aspects of its operations it met the requirements of CDG, ADR and IRR17.

Based on the inspection sample, the inspector identified one non-compliance with relevant legislation and suggested one improvement. These were all discussed during the inspection and a commitment obtained from University of Leicester to address them.

University of Leicester was given until 5 March 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, an IIS Rating of GREEN is given, due to there being relatively minor deficiencies in compliance arrangements.

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