Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Dounreay Conduct of Inspection in support of IIS

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

In line with the 2016/17 inspection plan for Dounreay I carried out planned inspections and other interventions to provide evidence that Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. (DSRL) is controlling its hazards properly and complying with its statutory obligations.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I undertook compliance inspections against Licence Condition 6 Documents Records and Certificates, Licence Condition 7 Incidents on Site and Licence Condition 13 Nuclear Safety Committee. I also met with Safety Representatives and had a number of meetings with site personnel for information gathering purposes.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

My inspection of the Dounreay Archive provided evidence that records are being adequately managed. Retention periods have been appropriately determined and they are stored under appropriate environmental conditions. I sampled the records management system and was able to locate the chosen records.

During my Licence Condition 7 inspection I reviewed recent events and determined that they were being investigated in a manner appropriate to their significance which is in accordance with ONR expectations. DSRL is continuing to review it processes with the aim of making enhancements to consistency of investigations and learning from experience.

My discussions with the Chair of the Dounreay Nuclear and Environmental Safety Committee provided confidence that its intent was to provide robust independent advice to the licensee as required by the licence condition.

Conclusion of Intervention

The intervention did not identify any matter impacting on nuclear safety that required immediate regulatory action.