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Imperial College - Compliance Inspection of Licence Condition 11 (Emergency Arrangements)

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) undertakes all regulatory interaction with Imperial College Reactor Centre against a strategy defined by the ONR Sellafield and DFW Programme. In accordance with that strategy, a Licence Condition 11 (LC11 – emergency arrangements) compliance inspection was undertaken as planned.

Licence Condition 11 (LC11) requires the licensee to make and implement adequate arrangements for dealing with any accident or emergency arising on the site and their effects.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I carried out an on-site LC 11 (emergency arrangements) compliance inspection of the Imperial College Reactor Level One Exercise ‘Runway’. My inspection comprised of discussions with Imperial College staff, examination of documentation and procedures, and inspection of the exercise in accordance with:

The Annual Review of Safety and Environment (AROSE) was also conducted as part of this intervention.

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

From the areas sampled, I did not identify any significant shortfalls in the licensee’s formal arrangements. Therefore, it is my opinion that, against compliance with Licence Condition 11, an inspection rating of Green (No Formal Action) is merited.

Conclusion of Intervention

From the areas sampled during this inspection, I judge that there was sufficient evidence that Imperial College Reactor Centre has effective measures in place for compliance with Licence Condition 11 and their arrangements are being effectively implemented and managed. The conclusions and judgements are based not only on the documented evidence provided, but also on the behaviours of the Imperial College staff encountered during the inspection.