Inspections and results
Inspecciones y resultados
The most representative types of inspection performed by the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) on the transport of radioactive materials are:
- Shipment inspections: which may be carried out at departure, during transport or at reception.
- Inspection to the global management of transport activities.
In addition to these inspections, the CSN may carry out other Quality Assurance Programmes applied, package tests or the manufacturing of packaging.
The inspections considered to be priorities are planned annually within the framework of a Basic Inspection Plan (BIP). In addition, the CSN carries out other inspections on the transport of radioactive material outside this BIP.
Furthermore, each year the CSN draws up a Report on the results of the annual programme of transport inspections. The objective of these reports is to establish a systematic approach for the annual compilation of the results of the inspections performed on the transport activities of radioactive material, in order to identify the deviations encountered and, where appropriate, good practices and other outstanding aspects. The results of this analysis allow actions to be established to improve safety and radiation protection during transport, and to be considered in the planning of inspections in subsequent years.
The scope of the report includes activities such as the manufacture of packaging, its maintenance and repair, the preparation of packages for transport, its dispatch, its loading and unloading in means of transport, its storage in transit and its reception. The operators concerned are, among others: transport companies, shippers (nuclear installations, radioactive installations, waste management companies), airport assistance operators and packaging manufacturers.