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Fire inspection at Urenco UK Limited

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

My inspection examined the construction site relating to the TMF at Urenco UK Capenhurst..

The purpose of the inspection was to ensure that the Licensee was achieving compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The inspection focused on both the management of fire safety and the practical fire safety provision. The legislation focuses on life safety not nuclear fire safety issues.

The main purpose of the COP fire safety inspections is to ensure adequate life fire safety provision exists across all nuclear licensed sites.

Generally the fire safety arrangements were adequate..

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

This Intervention is part of a series of on-going inspections forming a key element of the assessment of fire safety across a dynamic construction environment. My inspection assessed the dutyholders’ compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which places duties on the responsible person to ensure life safety from fire. Of particular interest during this inspection was the presentation describing the finished design fire safety strategy, the proposed arrangements for the handover of buildings and fire safety management and an opportunity to meet with the H & S team who have taken on the role previously carried out by the Fire Marshalls.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not Applicable

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

Since my last inspection the introduction of plant and equipment into a number of the buildings has moved on considerably as the site approaches the point where inactive commissioning will commence.

I was provided with a presentation by the Jacobs Fire Engineer which provided a clear overview of the fire safety strategy for the final design of the overall facility. The author (Exova Senior fire Engineer) of the fire safety strategy was present and was able to answer design specific questions and add detail where required. I am satisfied that the described fire strategy adequately addresses the life safety requirements required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Following the decision to review the number of Fire Marshalls across the site I met with the Health and Safety team charged with the responsibility to take on their function previously carried out by the fire Marshalls. I am satisfied that the role previously carried out by the Fire Marshalls is being adequately addressed by the Health and safety team.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded with an assessment of compliance with the legislation, and presented deficiencies and recognised areas of good practice at a wash-up meeting with the Site Management.

From the evidence gathered during this intervention there will be a need to maintain the current level of focus during what will be a significant change from a dynamic build environment to a concerted inactive and active commissioning phase for the project. I will continue to complete on-going review inspections at regular intervals, particularly as the project moves towards both inactive and active commissioning.