UK emergency plans prepared for the transport of Class 7 material, including excepted packages, may require revision from 1st January 2018.

In addition to the requirements of ADR, the transport of all types of radioactive material covered by Class 7 in the UK requires a written emergency plan as set out in CDG 2009, Schedule 2, as amended.

The information contained in Schedule 2 of CDG 2009 was amended in 2011 by paragraph 15 of the CDG amendment regulations to make it a responsibility of both the consignor and the carrier to ensure that a written emergency plan is in place.

From the 1st of January 2018, the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 come into force to incorporate the requirements of the EURATOM Basic Safety Standards Directive.

IRR 2017 Schedule 9, paragraph 10, makes amendments to CDG 2009 in respect of the dose limits that a written emergency plan must have regard to.

Therefore it will be appropriate to review and if required, update, Class 7 emergency plans, as required by CDG 2009, Schedule 2, paragraph 4 (3) which states:

“To the extent that the plan is used in relation to carriage on more than one occasion, the consignor must review and, whenever necessary, revise the emergency arrangements and must ensure that at suitable intervals they are tested”.

If you require any further information with regards to the shipment of dangerous goods, the team at EcoStar are always available to help.