Research and analysis

Accidents and incidents involving the transport of radioactive materials in the UK

This document (PHE-CRCE-014) describes 16 accidents and incidents involving the transport of radioactive materials to, from or within the UK, which occurred in 2012.

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PHE-CRCE-014: Accidents and incidents involving the transport of radioactive materials in the UK (2012 review)

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The number of events reported in 2012 was lower than in 2011 (38 events), and below the range of the number of events that have occurred in the last 5-year period: 38 events in 2011, 30 events in 2010, 33 events in 2009, 39 events in 2008 and 26 events in 2007.

Of the 16 events included in this review, 1 involved an irradiated nuclear fuel flask (there were 11 such events in 2011). None of the events reported resulted in any potentially significant radiation dose.

The details of these events have been entered into the Radioactive Materials Transport Event Database (RAMTED), which now contains information on 1034 events that are known to have occurred since 1958.