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GE Healthcare Amersham Nuclear Licensed Site, Inspection of Radiation Protection Arrangements and Control of Radiation Exposure

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This report describes an inspection of GE Healthcare's Amersham nuclear licensed site, undertaken as part of a series of routine interventions set out in the Integrated Intervention Strategy for 2016/17. GE Healthcare's Cardiff nuclear licensed site was included within the scope of the intervention and discussed during the inspection, but it was not visited by the inspectors. The intervention also met the requirements of the planned ONR cross sites intervention for GE Healthcare, which is looking at Control of Radiation Exposure across all licensee sites.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During the intervention a compliance inspection was undertaken on:

The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999

The intervention was conducted principally under regulation 8, ‘Restriction of Exposure', of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999.  To ensure consistency with previous inspections, the inspection was conducted using a standard questionnaire and follow up face-to-face question and answer session with representatives at GE Healthcare Amersham. During the intervention, we inspected the arrangements for controlling radiation exposure by inspecting a number of areas including the load bay building, the Drytec store, the radiopharmaceutical facility, and the caves.   

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

This intervention did not include a safety system based inspection.

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

Compliance with the requirements of the IRR99 was judged overall to be adequate. ONR advised on a number of areas for improvement in order to achieve a better alignment with published relevant good practice.

Conclusion of Intervention

Compliance with the Ionising Radiation Regulation 1999 was judged to be of an adequate standard with some opportunities for further improvement identified which were discussed and agreed with the licensee.