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Packaging, Labelling and Carriage of Radioactive Material by Rail Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Information to be displayed during carriage

34.—(1) The consignor of any package or overpack for carriage shall ensure that prior to carriage information concerning the radioactive contents thereof is displayed on the package or overpack concerned in accordance with Parts I and III of Schedule 13.

(2) The operator of any freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon which is being used for the carriage of radioactive material shall ensure that information concerning that material is displayed on the freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon concerned in accordance with Parts II and III of Schedule 13.

(3) A person shall not cause or permit any of the information referred to in Schedule 13 to be displayed on any package, overpack, freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon concerning radioactive material which is no longer being carried therein.

(4) A person shall not cause or permit any information to be displayed on a package, overpack, freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon which would be likely to confuse the emergency services when read in conjunction with any information displayed in accordance with Schedule 13.

(5) Nothing in these Regulations or in the Approved Document shall prevent the display of information, in addition to the information required to be displayed in accordance with Schedule 13, on any package, overpack, freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon concerning any radioactive material being carried therein, provided such information is not displayed on orange-coloured panels.

(6) The operator of any freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon which is being used for the carriage of radioactive material shall ensure that any danger sign, orange-coloured panel or subsidiary hazard sign affixed thereto in accordance with Schedule 13 is clean and free from obstruction when the freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon concerned is handed over to the train operator.

(7) An operator of a train shall not cause or permit to be carried therein any radioactive material in a package, overpack, freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon unless he has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that information concerning that material is displayed on the package, overpack, freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon concerned in accordance with Schedule 13.

(8) The operator of a train which is being used for the carriage of radioactive material in a package, overpack, freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that any danger sign, orange-coloured panel or subsidiary hazard sign affixed thereto in accordance with Schedule 13 is kept clean and free from obstruction during carriage.

(9) A person shall not—

(a)remove any danger sign, orange-coloured panel or subsidiary hazard sign affixed in accordance with Schedule 13 from a package, overpack, freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon which is being used for the carriage of radioactive material, except for the purpose of updating the information thereon;

(b)falsify any of the information on such a sign or panel.

Information to be compiled and provided by consignors

35.—(1) A consignor shall not prepare a package for shipment unless he is in possession of—

(a)all certificates of approval required by these Regulations for the shipment; and

(b)a set of instructions concerning the proper closing of the package or overpack and other preparations for shipment.

(2) The consignor of any radioactive material for carriage in a freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon shall—

(a)make available for inspection by the operator thereof, all certificates referred to in paragraph (1)(a); and

(b)ensure that the said operator is provided with the Carriage Information as set out in Schedule 14,

prior to carriage.

(3) The consignor of any radioactive material for carriage other than in a freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon shall ensure that the operator of the train in which the material is to be carried is provided with the Carriage Information prior to carriage.

(4) A consignor or anyone acting on his behalf shall not provide false or misleading information to any operator concerning the consignment.

Carriage Information to be provided by operators

36.—(1) Any operator of a freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon who engages another operator of a freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon to carry any of the radioactive material consigned to him for carriage shall ensure that that operator is provided with the Carriage Information, prior to carriage.

(2) The operator of any freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon which is to be used for the carriage of radioactive material shall ensure that each train operator whose train is to be used for the carriage of the material is provided with the Carriage Information prior to carriage.

(3) The operator of any train which is to be used for the carriage of radioactive material shall ensure that each infrastructure controller on whose railway the material is to be carried is provided with the Carriage Information, prior to carriage.

Keeping of Carriage Information

37.  The consignor of any radioactive material, all operators, (including the train operator) who carry that material and the infrastructure controller upon whose railway it is carried shall keep a record of the information contained within the Carriage Information for a period of 2 years from the date on which carriage commenced.

Keeping of other information

38.—(1) The consignor of any radioactive material in a package or overpack and the operator of any freight container, tank container, tank wagon or wagon which is used for the carriage of any radioactive material shall retain any information in their possession derived from any measurements of contamination, taken with a view to ensuring that the duties imposed upon them in regulation 23 are complied with, for a period of 2 years from the date on which the carriage commenced.

(2) The designer, manufacturer and consignor of any package, packaging or special form radioactive material shall retain any information in their possession relating to the design, manufacture, testing and maintenance of that package, packaging or special form radioactive material, including (without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) specifications, calculations, test results, quality assurance programmes and manufacturing records, for so long as the package, packaging or special form radioactive material is in use for the carriage of radioactive material.

Information, instruction and training for train crews and other persons connected with the carriage of radioactive material

39.—(1) The operator of any train which is being used for the carriage of radioactive material shall ensure that those members of the crew of that train who have responsibilities in connection with the carriage of that material have received adequate information, instruction and training to enable them to understand—

(a)the nature of the dangers to which the radioactive material being carried may give rise and the action they should take in an emergency concerning such material; and

(b)their duties under these Regulations and Articles 8 and 9 of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978(1).

(2) The train operator shall keep a record of any training received by members of a train crew pursuant to paragraph (1) whilst in his employment and shall make available a copy of that record to the crew members concerned.

(3) The infrastructure controller shall ensure that those of his employees who have responsibilities in connection with the carriage of radioactive material on his railway have received adequate information, instruction and training to enable them to understand—

(a)the nature of the dangers to which the radioactive material being carried may give rise and the action they should take in an emergency concerning such material; and

(b)their duties under these Regulations and Articles 8 and 9 of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.

(4) The infrastructure controller shall keep a record of any training received by employees pursuant to paragraph (3), and shall make available a copy of that record to the employees concerned.

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