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GE Healthcare - General Fire Safety inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of this Intervention was to confirm that the General Fire Safety provisions on Site were adequate and to confirm compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is being achieved. The visit is part of a planned series of interventions across all programmes. The main areas of interest included a review of previous issues identified and a general overview of the existing site in particular the Material Handling Centre (MHC), Laboratory (OA4) and the Waste Shelters.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The site gave access throughout the day to senior managers and subject area experts to provide evidence of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the adequacy of their fire safety management arrangements through presentation of pre-prepared material and responding to questions. I challenged managers' statements and questioned personnel to test effectiveness and knowledge of arrangements.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable this was not a safety system inspection

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

I believe that having reviewed the arrangements in place and assessed both written material and the actual relevant site buildings that there is a good level of understanding and commitment to not only complying with the legislation but going beyond that with good examples of proactive activity being displayed.

I felt that the level of technical awareness was good when I questioned personnel and that there is a good commitment from the Licensee to providing a good level of technical support specifically in relation to Fire Safety for the site.

The buildings visited are relatively simple in their lay out, however I did identify a number of minor issues that the Licensee accepted as requiring action.

The two main items to be identified during the day included carrying out reviews of both the emergency lighting installed within the Material Handling Centre and the site contingency arrangements in place for supplying water to the Firefighting main and sprinkler system, the Licensee responded well to the challenge and committed to carrying out the reviews as requested.

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall there are no major issues that require formal action to be taken, there are however a number of minor issues that were identified, an action plan was requested by the 25/5/16 to deal with these, I will continue to liaise with the CNSL Site Leader and Principal Safety Advisor to confirm that they are resolved in a timely fashion.

Fire Safety arrangements generally where assessed as being Adequate.