Office for Nuclear Regulation

This website uses non-intrusive cookies to improve your user experience. You can visit our cookie privacy page for more information.

Fire safety inspection at BAE Systems Marine Limited (BAESML)

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of this Intervention was to confirm that the General Fire Safety provisions on Site are adequate and to confirm compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is being achieved. The visit is part of a planned series of interventions across all programmes. The main areas of interest included a review of the Primary Build Capability (PBC) construction enclave, a review of the Devonshire Dock Hall (DDH) and a review of hot working and associated permit controls.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The Site gave access throughout the day to senior managers and subject area experts to provide evidence of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) and the adequacy of their fire safety management arrangements through presentation of pre-prepared material and responding to questions. I challenged managers’ statements and questioned personnel to test effectiveness and knowledge of arrangements. There was a good attitude displayed by the work force to any questions that I asked of them.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable, this was not a safety systems inspection

Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made

Fire safety has a very good level of support within British Aerospace Engineering through to the Senior Management Board. Continued investment in providing both personnel and resources is positive and the planning for the PBC is well advanced with a competent frame work being assembled to deal with this significant package of work. The increase in the size of the Licensed Site boundary will bring a number of new build projects into the remit of ONR including any potential Building Regulation applications, this was discussed at some depth and the process that BAE seek to adopt was explained.

The DDH appeared to be tidier that on previous visits and the areas that had previously been used as un-official storage areas were, in the main, being controlled well.

Fire Alarm isolations and the process of controlling the number in place needs to be reviewed to ensure that the correct controls and defaults are in place to ensure that fire alarm isolations are applied and removed in a controlled fashion.

Conclusion of Intervention

A number of minor actions were identified that when completed will improve what is already in place; the Fire Safety Manager will confirm how they are to be addressed within 28 days. There were no formal issues identified.