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Imperial College planned inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This was a planned intervention at the Imperial College Reactor Centre Licenced Site to inspect licensee compliance with Licence Conditions 2 (Marking of the Site Boundary), 3 (Control of Property Transactions), 6 (Documents, records, authorities and certificates), 8 (Warning Notices), 16 (Site plans designs and specifications) and 25 (Operational Records) as part of a planned intervention within the Decommissioning Fuel and Waste plan.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I visited the site on the 24th February 2016 and met with the Imperial College Head of Reactor Centre and the Safety, Assurance and Emergency Planning Manager.  The intervention involved sampling the licensee’s arrangements and their implementation to assess compliance with Licence Conditions (LC) 2, 3, 6, 8 16 and 25.  I also received an update on progress with decommissioning on the site.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not Applicable.

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

I sampled the licensee’s arrangements for compliance with Licence Conditions 2 (Marking of the site boundary), 3 (Control of Property Transactions), 6 (Documents, records, authorities and certificates), 8 (warning notices), 16 (Site plans, designs and specifications) and 25 (Operational Records).

Having sampled the licensee’s arrangements and inspected the marking of the boundary on the site I consider that the licensee had appropriate arrangements to comply with LC 2 and judged their compliance to be adequate.

The licensee has arrangements for LC 3 although there are currently no tenants on the licensed site.  I judged this demonstrated adequate compliance with the LC 3 requirements.

The procedures for documents, records, authorities and certificates (LC 6) and operational records (LC 25) were sampled.  Arrangements were in place to identify the records/documents that were to be retained and how long they are to be kept for.  A sample of these records were inspected and found to be appropriate and readily retrievable from the archive or from operational areas.  I considered these arrangements to be adequate for compliance with LC 6 and LC 25.

I sampled the arrangements for compliance with LC 8 and inspected a sample of the warning notices installed in the facility.  I considered that these were appropriate and saw evidence that they were subject to inspection and maintenance so I rated compliance with this LC as adequate.

I sampled the site schedule and plan and considered the arrangements in place for compliance with LC 16 to be appropriate leading me to judge that compliance with this LC was adequate.

Conclusion of Intervention

I judged that the licensee’s arrangements for compliance with LCs 2, 3, 6, 8, 16 and 25 were adequate.