Dounreay Compliance inspection
- Site: Dounreay
- IR number: 16-120
- Date: October 2016
- LC numbers: 4, 7 , 15, 35
Purpose of Intervention
I carried out planned inspections of compliance with licence condition (LC) 15 (periodic review), LC 7 (incidents on the site), LC 35 (decommissioning) and LC 4 (restrictions on nuclear matter on the site) in accordance with the 2016/17 integrated inspection strategy (IIS) for Dounreay, to provide confidence that the licensee is controlling its hazards properly and complying with its statutory obligations
Interventions Carried Out by ONR
- The licensee’s procedure for the production of periodic reviews of safety.
- The licensees response to recent incidents in the reactors directorate, and the application of learning from experience in that department.
- The reactors decommissioning programme, focussing in particular on how safety priorities feed into the programme, and how they are re-evaluated when programme dates change
Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate
Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made
I consider that:
- The licensee’s periodic review of safety (PRS) process, training and support through the community of practice at a corporate level are consistent with our guidance, although they could be bolstered by specific consideration of PRS in the safety case training course. As responsibility for delivery (and, indeed, for making use of the training and competency definition documents (CDDs) through appointment of a safety case programme manager) is at the discretion of the directorates, I consider it appropriate to follow up my inspection with further directorate-specific LC 15 interventions.
- The reactors directorate is able to demonstrate that it is effectively learning from recent events
- The reactors directorate is giving due regard to safety in the construction of its decommissioning programme.
- The licensee has a robust process for tracking the inventory of fissile material on site, and that the integrity of this process is assured by EURATOM inspections. With the inventory of such material known, the site has robust processes for ensuring it is secured stored safely and securely
Conclusion of Intervention
I did not identify any matter impacting on nuclear safety that required immediate regulatory action.