The transport of radioactive materials and waste (Class 7 dangerous goods) in Great Britain is regulated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) under the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (as amended) which implements ADR – the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road issued by UNECE (The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe). CDG09 (as amended) also covers the regulation of transport of radioactive materials and waste by rail in accordance with Regulations Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail 2017 (RID 2017).

ADR is subject to a routine 2 yearly revision, of which ADR 2017 came out in January 2017 and must be implemented from 1 July 2017, replacing ADR 2015. ADR 2015 can still be used until 30 June 2017 under transition arrangements but must not be used after that date and cannot be used alongside ADR 2017; it is one or the other until 30 June 2017.

ONR have produced a note on the key changes in ADR 2017 relating to the Transport of Class 7 dangerous goods, which has identified a number of changes to the current regulations, though for Class 7 dangerous goods the majority of these are minor in nature.

If you have any queries relating to the carriage of dangerous goods, please contact L2 for advice from one of our Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers (DGSAs) who are specialists in the transport of all forms of radioactive materials and wastes. As well as advice from our DGSA’s, L2 also provide awareness and specialist training for anyone involved in the transport of Class 7 dangerous goods.