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AWE compliance inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of this routine intervention was to inspect the adequacy of the implementation of the site's LC36 (Organisational Capability) arrangements and to engage with AWE management on Leadership and Management for Safety (LMfS) issues.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this intervention I engaged with the licensee by:

The intervention was performed in line with ONR's guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

This intervention did not include a safety system inspection.

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

I found evidence that the corporate arrangements for compliance with LC 36 at the site are adequate. In particular, the arrangements broadly met the requirements of ONR guidance on LC36. I noted one area for improvement related to how AWE communicates with ONR for the highest category of organisational change.

I noted that the internal regulation team have recently reviewed the corporate procedures for LC36 and their implementation and identified that, whilst the procedures were adequate, the implementation needed improvement. The licensee had concluded that implementation could be improved by revising the current LC36 arrangements.

Taking account of the internal regulation findings and the planned changes to the LC36 arrangements described by the new Process Owner, I concluded that the enhanced inspection of implementation should be postponed until the new procedures are in place. A provisional date of January 2017 was agreed for this with the Process Owner.  

Conclusion of Intervention

In the area I considered during the intervention, I found that the arrangements for compliance with LC 36 at Aldermaston were to an adequate standard. I therefore consider that no formal regulatory action is needed. However, I will progress the identified area for improvement using the ONR Regulatory Issues database.