Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Berkeley nuclear licensed site fire inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

An audit of conventional fire safety at Berkeley Nuclear Power Station was conducted by sampling fire safety arrangements and inspecting specific facilities to gain evidence of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The intervention also aimed to recognise best practice and encourage a pro-active style of safety management and promote continual improvements in fire safety.

Generally the fire safety arrangements were - ADEQUATE

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

As part of this intervention, the findings of the last audit in 2015 were reviewed, the current fire safety arrangements were discussed, as well as potential changes which will become necessary when the site moves to full decommissioning in the next two to three years. The tour of the site included the new portakabin office accommodation housing the single storey Construction Office, the 2 storey Project Office, and the traditionally constructed E24 Offices. All buildings were inspected in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the protective measures for life safety and their compliance levels with the Fire Safety Order 2005 requirements.

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

Key Findings

Several observations to improve existing standards of fire protection measures were made, mostly related to housekeeping, but overall, during discussions around preventative and protective measures, a wide range of good examples of pro-active fire safety management were identified.

Inspectors Opinions

It is the opinion of the inspectors that an appreciation of the importance of effective fire safety measures across the site was clearly demonstrated, and that there is a clear desire to achieve compliance with all relevant legislation.

Reasons for Judgements Made

The inspection involved a combination of examining the existing fire safety management arrangements, and physically walking through a number of facilities during which staff and management were spoken to and questioned as appropriate during the course of the day.

Conclusion of Intervention

From the evidence gathered during this intervention, it is not believed that there are any deficiencies that seriously impact on fire safety. Therefore no additional regulatory action is needed over and above the planned interventions as set out in the Integrated Intervention Strategy, which will continue as planned.

It was also pleasing to note that the levels of compliance across the site as a whole were above average, supported by the comprehensive findings of the fire risk assessments, which are over and above that required by MAGNOX's generic assessment document.