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Studsvik planned inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This record relates to a planned intervention at the Studsvik UK Limited Metals Recycling Facility (MRF), including observation of an emergency exercise, the Annual Review of Safety and the handover of the nominated site inspector role.  This intervention formed part of the planned ONR MRF inspection programme for 2015/16.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The main interventions undertaken were – observation of the joint Level One and security Emergency Exercise “Helium”; participation in the Annual Review meeting, addressing safety, security and environmental matters.  Also, an information exchange meeting, to facilitate the handover of ONR nominated site inspectors.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

No safety system inspection was made during this intervention.

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

The joint Level One and CT Emergency Exercise “Helium” – This exercise was a combined demonstration safety and security exercise, observed by ONR inspectors.  The exercise was deemed to be an adequate demonstration of the licensee’s arrangements.  The licensee had arranged the participation of the Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, which was a positive aspect. Some regulatory advice was provided after the exercise, regarding some opportunities to enhance the licensee’s arrangements, as is normal for such observed exercises.

The Annual Review of Safety meeting - The meeting comprehensively reviewed safety, environmental and security performance over the preceding twelve months, in appropriate depth.  The licensee had conducted a thorough Annual Review and the documentation had been duly considered by the licensee’s nuclear safety committee.  A broad range of metrics had been used to measure the licensee’s performance in 2015 and opportunities to improve safety in 2016 had also been identified as part of the review process.

The handover of ONR Nominated Site Inspector – An information exchange meeting was held with key licensee staff, to facilitate the handover of ONR nominated site inspector responsibilities, (from 1 March 2016).  The intervention did not raise any significant new issues or concerns.  A number of minor actions were placed on MRF to progress and several topics will be followed up in future site interventions. 

Conclusion of Intervention

On balance, an intervention rating of “3”, adequate, was warranted for both the joint observed emergency exercise and also for the Annual Review meeting.  No other matters were raised during this intervention which required any immediate regulatory action.