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Capenhurst Nuclear Services (CNS). Compliance Inspection of Licence Condition 36 (Organisational Capability)

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) undertakes all regulatory interaction with the Capenhurst site against a strategy defined by the ONR Sellafield and DFW Programme. In accordance with that strategy, a Licence Condition (LC) compliance inspection on Capenhurst Nuclear Services (CNS) was undertaken, as planned, on 27 April 16.

The purpose of this inspection was for the ONR to examine the capability and capacity of Capenhurst Nuclear Services (CNS), in order to demonstrate that its organisational structure, staffing and competencies are, and remain, suitable and sufficient to manage nuclear safety throughout the full range of their business areas and functions. The Legacy Cylinder Facility (LCF) and associated project management and intelligent customer arrangements, were selected as the evidential target for this inspection.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

On 27 April 2016, I carried out an LC36 (Organisational Capability) compliance inspection of CNS. The inspection comprised of presentations and discussions with CNS staff and the review of their nuclear baseline, project management and intelligent customer arrangements.

LC36 requires CNS to provide and maintain adequate financial and human resources to ensure the safe operation of the licensed site, and make and implement arrangements to control any change to the organisation or structure which may affect safety.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

This was not a system based inspection, and therefore no judgement has been made of the adequacy of implementation of any part of the safety case.

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

The inspection examined the compliance of CNS with the requirements of Licence Condition 36, in order to demonstrate that their organisational structure, staffing and competencies are suitable and sufficient to manage nuclear safety throughout the full range of their business areas and functions. The inspection further examined the evolution of the current CNS nuclear capability and capacity (baseline), its management and the proposed future changes. Finally, the inspection concluded with an open discussion with the CNS safety representatives, with specific regard to organisational culture and communications.

It was my regulatory judgement, that CNS were actively managing their capability and capacity to undertake their defined roles/responsibilities. CNS, however, did highlight that there would be future challenges associated with this capability and capacity, particularly in the project/programme management areas, but these were being addressed via improvement initiatives, which were evidenced.

CNS demonstrated a robust risk management process and where improvements had been identified, initiatives were in place to address the findings.

From those areas sampled, I did not identify any significant shortfalls in the licensee's formal arrangements for compliance with LC 36.

I consider that CNS demonstrated that its organisational structure, staffing and competencies are currently suitable and sufficient to manage nuclear safety, recognising areas for further improvement are also programmed. Therefore, it is my opinion that, against compliance with Licence Condition 36, an IIS rating of Green (No Formal Action) is merited.

Conclusion of Intervention

From the evidence provided during this inspection, I judge that there was sufficient evidence that CNS's formal arrangements for compliance with Licence Condition 36 are being implemented adequately and effectively managed.