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LLWR - General fire safety provisions on site

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 previous issues identified and in particular an update on the Fire Fighting main review project and an inspection of [redacted], [redacted] and [redacted].

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.

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

Fire safety has a good profile on site and is identified as an important issue. Fire safety risk assessments had previously been completed by Sellafield Fire Safety dept, that agreement has been terminated and Fire safety has now been brought ‘in house’.  This was discussed and reviewed with the overall view that it was an improving situation with staff on site receiving training to carry out the role, but with the option to call on a third party contractor if required. I did not feel that standards of fire safety had shifted to a lesser standard, but a period of time would provide a better picture of this issue.

Work continues on the issue of the water main and its overall condition; the main supplies water from off site to both the domestic supplies and for use in an emergency. Considerable work has been carried out assessing the water demands for the site with a realisation that the fire pond is now viewed as a key asset that needs to be maintained on site for the foreseeable future. Site have a plan for the future care and maintenance for the system with the production of a System Health Report being prepared and issued to assist and support further improvements to the main and its associated fittings.

Conclusion of Intervention

A good level of interaction occurred during this audit with a number of minor issues being identified that will be confirmed by site when closed out and completed.  I will continue to liaise with Head of site to ensure that all issue are addressed appropriately within a reasonable time frame.