ASN publishes in English its recommendations regarding the transport of radioactive substances
The transport operations of loading of radioactive substances and packages are namely: design, manufacture, maintenance and repair of packages, consigning, loading, carriage, including in-transit storage, unloading and reception at the final destination. ASN is responsible of monitoring application of the regulations for the safe transport of radioactive materials for civil uses in France. In this framework, ASN publishes, through these two guides, its recommendations for professionals (licensees, consignors, consignees, carriers…) in order to explain regulatory objectives and to describe, where appropriate, the practices that ASN considers satisfying regarding these transport operations. With the aim to share information at an international level, two ASN guides have been translated in English:
Guide 27: Stowage of radioactive packages, materials or objects for transportation
Secure stowage of packages is an important aspect of the defense in depth approach which serves to ensure the safety of transport operations. The regulations therefore require consignments to be securely stowed. This is why ASN, in consultation with all professionals of the nuclear field, wrote this guide and gives its recommendations to check the quality of stowage of radioactive packages, materials and objects for transportation.
Guide 34: Implementation of the regulatory requirements applicable to on-site transport operations
The internal transport operations of dangerous goods conducted on the private roadways of a nuclear site, that is to say a site accommodating one basic nuclear installation (BNI) or more, are generally not subject to the regulations applicable to the transport of dangerous goods on the public highway.
The purpose of this guide is to set out ASN recommendations to help BNI licensees to take into account the risks that the on-site transport operations represent for the interests mentioned in article L. 593-1 of the Environment Code.
ASN guides are written by ASN. Although these guides are not legally binding, they imply an interpretation of law or define the modalities to reach the objectives set by the regulations.