Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Fire Safety Inspection at Devonport Royal Dockport

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

I conducted a Fire Safety Inspection at Devonport Royal Dock Yard focusing on Management systems that underpin Fire Safety and sampled various areas within the Nuclear Licensed site boundary that support the work within the facility. I would consider that the audit achieved an adequate Green rating.

I took the opportunity to review progress made against the last Fire Safety visit in 2015, assessing that good progress has been made.

I concluded the day by informing the site Principal Management of a number of items that need their attention, which I will continue to monitor until they are closed out.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The purpose of my Intervention is to confirm that the Duty holder understands the duties placed on him by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) and that the site can show compliance with that Order.

The visit sought to review the site Fire Safety Management arrangements and to confirm that process by visiting Dock 9 facility including the SSBN in dock, the NEMSFAC facility and N018.

The RRO provides the required standard to ensure that Fire Safety is considered from a life safety view point, I observed areas of good practice and would confirm that compliance with the RRO is generally being achieved.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable as this was not a safety system inspection.

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

There has been a review of the management structure and arrangements. Fire Safety has its own dedicated staff which is supported by the Sites management structure.

The Fire Safety arrangements that are in place ensure that those carrying out the activities are informed of what is required to provide a safe environment. All employees are required to follow Company instructions; it is important to ensure that employees understand the importance of this and that they continue to receive updated information as and when required.

Areas that were reviewed had a number of actions identified, some of which will require future planning over a number of years due to the complexity and size of the projects involved.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded my intervention with an assessment of compliance with the RRO; there were no areas that did not generally comply with the RRO. The SHE Manager accepted the comments I made in a positive fashion and I felt a good level of engagement occurred throughout the visit.