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Transport of Radioactive Materials Training

Transport operations involving radioactive material occur within the oil and gas industry on a daily basis, generally without harm to persons and/or the environment. However, the controls over such movements are often less well understood than the controls over other types of dangerous goods shipments.

Most consignments of radioactive materials (Class 7 dangerous goods) between onshore and offshore facilities, involve multi-modal transport operations i.e. Transport by sea and by road. The controls over the transport of radioactive materials are described in national and international legislation. Transport of dangerous goods at sea is covered by the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) and, in the UK, transport by road is subject to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2011, which implements most of the requirements of the European Agreements Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).

Both the IMDG Code and ADR, require that persons involved in the transport chain, from the consignor presenting radioactive materials for transport to the consignee who ultimately takes receipt of the materials, receive appropriate training. The aim of this course is therefore to provide general awareness training with a large emphasis on NORM, for those persons involved in the transport chain to satisfy the requirements under IMDG and ADR.

Who the course is aimed at:

The course is aimed at persons involved in the transport chain, from the consignor presenting radioactive materials for transport to the consignee ultimately taking receipt of the materials. The course is therefore suitable for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Logistics and materials co-ordinator
  • Radiation Protection Supervisors (RPSs)
  • Persons involved in NORM work
  • Stores personnel
  • Shippers of dangerous goods including radioactive material
  • Harbour personnel

Two levels of course are available; one for persons who have already undertaken RPS training, the second course caters for those persons who are not familiar with radioactive materials. No previous knowledge is required, however it is recognised that many of the delegates wishing to attend, may have attended previous training courses in the transport of dangerous goods (e.g. Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA)). The course is not a substitute for the DGSA course, nor is it suitable for persons who require driver training under the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2011. Rather, it is intended to provide additional knowledge of this, often poorly understood, subject.

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Course delivery and structure

As a classroom-based structure, you will spend two days completing desktop exercises, practical exercises and attending lectures. Although the course follows a formal structure, there will be ample opportunity for discussion and delegates can even share knowledge and experiences of their own.

Presented by accredited Radiation Protection Advisers (RPAs) - each of whom has many years of experience in providing radiation protection advice - this course covers a wide variety of industries in which radioactive materials are used or are commonly encountered.

The main aims of the course are:

Day one (required if no previous RPS training)

  • To describe the basic properties and risks of ionising radiation
  • To describe the units used in radiation protection and in the transport legislation
  • To provide an overview of the different types of radioactive materials encountered in the oil and gas industry

Day two

  • To make delegates aware of the different legislation applicable to transport operations by sea and road
  • To describe the system of protection from the effects of radiation during transport operations
  • To describe the classification system for dangerous goods including radioactive materials
  • To describe package types, categories of packages and the requirements for packages
  • To describe the package marking and labelling requirements
  • To describe the requirements for transport documents
  • To detail the duties of all persons involved in the transport operations

This course is available at Aberdeen, Billingham or a location of your choice. For more information on the transport of radioactive materials training course, or to book on this course, contact us today.

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