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Learning from experience: Radioactive materials transport

What happens when a transport inspection carried out by the Office for Nuclear Regulation doesn't quite go to plan for a dutyholder? That's one of a series of questions that will be asked and answered next month in Glasgow for what promises to be a highly engaging seminar attended by the regulator and those involved in the transport of radioactive materials in Great Britain. Three inspectors from ONR’s Transport Competent Authority are taking part in this all-day session, on 13 December, which has been organised by The Society for Radiological Protection, entitled, 'Learning from Experience: Radioactive Materials Transport.' Nicola Jaynes will present on 'What to expect from an ONR transport compliance inspection and common inspection findings.' Richard Stoddart will address the audience about transport emergency plans and testing (for nuclear and non-nuclear dutyholders). Later in the day, Paul Butler will give a summary of learnings from past radioactive material transport events that have been reported to ONR. But the seminar is not just about hearing ONR’s perspectives, with the agenda also featuring strong representation from dutyholders who have been subject to recent transport inspections in 2022 and 2023 where ONR judged that improvements were necessary to bring working practices into compliance. The theme of the day is learning from experience and listening to real life descriptions of how dutyholders recovered well from sometimes difficult positions to find practicable and workable solutions. Nicola said: “The seminar promises to be an open and honest day of conversations and mutual learning about the transport of radioactive material as everyone works towards maintaining and growing the productive relationships within the industry to ensure the safe and secure packaging and handling of radioactive material." To book onto the seminar, please visit: