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Studsvik Planned interventions with MRF relating to MRF site operations undertaken as part of the planned ONR programme covered by the ONR MRF inspection plan for 2015/16

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This report covers a number of interventions with the Studsvik Metals Recycling Facility (MRF), relating to MRF operations which, which were undertaken as part of the planned ONR MRF inspection programme for 2015/16

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The main interventions undertaken was:

During the visit a number of other interventions/discussions were undertaken including:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable

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

Emergency Arrangements Capability Map Review - The initial version of the MRF Emergency Arrangements Capability Map was reviewed and discussed. All licensees have been required to complete a Capability Map and submit the map for assessment by ONR. From the review carried out on the initial map the ONR attendees considered that MRF had submitted a comprehensive document appropriately detailing the argument and evidence for all the questions within the map matrix. Although it was considered that the version of the map submitted could have been used as the basis for the final ONR assessment it was agreed that MRF should revise some of the responses within the current version of the map to facilitate the subsequent formal ONR assessment of the map and to strengthen the MRF supporting evidence. MRF agreed to submit a revised Capability Map in early January 2016.

Studsvik Re-organisation Proposals and Future Regulatory implications – Discussions were held with the Studsvik Management team relating to the Studsvik plans and proposals for the further re-organisation of the Studsvik organisation and its impact on future MRF operations. Included in the overall re-organisation programme are proposals to simplify the MRF licence compliance and safety management systems.  MRF are currently compiling a programme of work to cover all these areas of work and it is considered that the monitoring of this programme will be a significant part of the ONR 2016/17 inspection programme interactions with the MRF site. 

Studsvik MRF Level 1 Demonstration Exercise “Helium” - Due to the problems resulting from the weather conditions in Cumbria the Cumbria Fire Brigade informed Studsvik Metals Recycling Facility (MRF) that they could not participate in the Level 1 Demonstration Exercise “Helium”. The participation of the fire brigade was an important aspect of the exercise scenario. It was therefore decided to postpone the exercise. The Level 1 Demonstration exercise will now be rearranged in Jan/Feb 2016.

Other interventions - It is considered that the various interventions undertaken did not raise any significant new issues or concerns. However a number of actions were placed on MRF to progress and several topics will be followed up in future site visits/ discussions with MRF staff.  

Conclusion of Intervention

Other than the items outlined in the previous section no other matters were raised during the interventions covered by this report which were considered to require any immediate additional regulatory action.