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Portsmouth Operational Berth - Potassium Iodate Tablets (PITs) Exercise

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This report covers observation of a distribution of stable Potassium Iodate Tablets (PITs) Exercise on 29th June 2016. This exercise forms part of a modular contribution to exercising the Portsmouth Operational Berth off-site REPPIR plan. ONR were present to observe the exercise as the Enforcing Authority for the Radiation (Emergency Public Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001 (REPPIR). ONR observe these exercises to ensure that they are done every 3 years as required by the regulations, that all of the relevant participants take part and that lessons are learned and the plan and multi-agency arrangements are improved as a result.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The exercise intervention consisted of observation of the briefs given to the PITs distribution teams within the Emergency Response Centre followed by observation of one of the distribution teams around their assigned PITs distribution walk route.

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

The exercise provided the opportunity to test the effectiveness of the arrangements for distributing PITs in accordance with the Portsmouth Off-Site Emergency Plan (PORTSAFE). ONR inspectors were located at the Strategic Command Centre. In my opinion, the exercise constituted an effective test of the PITs distribution arrangements within the Portsmouth Off-site Emergency Plan prepared under Regulation 9(1) of the REPPIR regulations and demonstrated in accordance with Regulation 10(1)(b). This is part of the modular approach to exercising the plan as agreed with the Portsmouth City Council Civil Contingencies Manager.

Conclusion of Intervention

I was able to confirm that the exercise constituted a test of the arrangements for distributing PITs in accordance with the Portsmouth Off-site Emergency Plan prepared under Regulation 9(1) of the REPPIR regulations and demonstrated in accordance with Regulation 10(1)(b).