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ONR serves improvement notice on Dnata Ltd

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served an improvement notice on Dubai National Air Travel Agency Limited (Dnata Ltd) for shortfalls in the provision of risk assessments for the transport of radioactive materials.

These shortfalls were identified by ONR during a routine compliance inspection of the company’s site in Stanwell, Surrey on 18 January.

Dnata Ltd transports radioactive material internationally to and from the UK via Heathrow Airport and other regional airports. It also transports this material between its UK sites.

The company transports a wide variety of radioactive material for use in the medical and industry sectors.

Transport arrangements for these materials must meet strict regulatory requirements to protect workers and the public.

ONR served the notice on Dnata Ltd on 25 January under the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017.

The regulations require dutyholders to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments before transporting radioactive material to identify the measures they need to take to restrict exposure to ionising radiation.

There were no consequences to the public or the environment as a result of the shortfall.

Geoff Frackelton, ONR Principal Inspector, said: “We will engage with Dnata Ltd during the period of the improvement notice to ensure positive progress is made to address the shortfall.”

Dnata Ltd have until 28 April 2023 to comply with the improvement notice by demonstrating they have generated appropriate risk assessments.