This regulation reintroduces requirements on the design of petrol tanks, applying approved tank requirements in UK law. Emergency preparedness and response plans for the transport of radiological materials will also need to be updated. Lower radiation dose limits are set.
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (Amendment) Regulations 2019 amended the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 and the Transfrontier Shipment of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Regulations 2008 on 21 April 2019.
What has been updated?
Petrol Tank Standards
Additional requirements will be applied on petrol tanks under this legislation. Requirements on tank design are not new – these are reinstated into law as they were previously revoked. Therefore, these requirements are expected to already be met in most cases.
Tanks for the carriage of petrol will be required to meet approved standards to be published by the Secretary of State. These standards will concern general design, filling arrangements and duties on examination, testing and certification.
Operators, Designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers, fillers, repairers, modifiers, examiners, testers and certifiers of petrol tanks will be required to take all reasonable steps to comply with the relevant sections of the approved standards.
Tanks must be designed and operated so that residual petrol vapours are retained in the container after unloading.
Persons involved in the carriage of Class 7 (radioactive) dangerous goods must comply with revised requirements on radiation emergencies and notifiable incidents by 21 April 2020.
Persons involved in these activities will continue to be required to implement, review and test emergency plans. However, the definition of ‘emergency’ is extended. Emergency workers must be provided with adequate information and be competent.
Plans will be now required to prioritise keeping doses below 100mSv/year, a reduced National Reference Level.
Notifications in a Radiation Emergency
As soon as possible events that could lead to a radiation emergency must be notified to the emergency services, local authority and Office of Nuclear Regulation.
Consignors must notify the Office of Nuclear Regulation when emergency plans are initiated in all cases.
Persons responsible for the carriage of Class 7 goods must notify the police and Office of Nuclear Regulation as soon as possible after a suspected theft of radioactive goods. If a notifiable event has occurred, the carrier will be required to submit a report in to the Office of Nuclear Regulation in an approved format.
The Transfrontier Shipment of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Regulations 2008 are amended to prevent future amendments to the Basic Safety Standards Directive (2013/59/Euratom) from coming into force after the UK leaves the EU.
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 impose requirements and prohibitions in relation to the carriage of dangerous goods by road or by rail and the use of transportable pressure equipment.
The Transfrontier Shipment of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Regulations 2008 apply requirements on the basic standards for protection of workers and the public from ionising radiation and the supervision and control of shipments of radioactive waste in and out of the UK.
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