Office for Nuclear Regulation

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General fire safety inspection

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 Fire (Scotland) Act 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 previous issues identified and in particular a review of fire safety within the administration buildings, the District laboratory and the 415v Diesel House. The Contractor compound and temporary laydown areas were also reviewed.

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 Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 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.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable this was not a safety system inspection

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

Since my last visit considerable effort has been made in the reduction of the number of long term fire safety issues. The move to Project working has had a real impact on the way the station has dealt with the more difficult to do issues, there is a more focused management of this subject which directly relates to the improvements.

I was also pleased to see the issue of oil leak management being given more focus, the introduction of the oil leak management database that is fed into by works personnel completing a short risk analysis of the specific oil leak, has allowed the site to focus and prioritise the work packages required to tackle and reduce the number of oil leaks.

Fire Safety is well resourced with competent personnel who work well as a team, the investment by EDF in this has a direct influence on compliance with the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, I also observed that the team has good site support and a high profile so that they are included in any pre-work consultation which subsequently requires their formal sign on.

There is good overall vision in regard to fire system obsolescence where there are good examples of a pro-active approach being taken over both the short and long terms.   

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall there are no major issues that require formal action to be taken, there are however a number of minor issues that were identified, an action plan was requested by the 11/4/16 to deal with these, I will continue to liaise with the Fire Safety Co-ordinator to confirm that they are resolved in a timely fashion.

Fire Safety arrangements generally where assessed as being Adequate. However I would add that there are areas that illustrated good progress being made from my previous visits.