Rosyth Royal Dockyard (RRDL), Rosyth, Control of Occupational Radiation Exposure (CORE) Compliance Inspection for Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999
- Site: Rosyth
- IR number: 16-045
- Date: June 2016
- LC numbers: N/A
Purpose of intervention
In accordance with ONR's planned inspections to examine Control of Occupational Radiation Exposure (CORE) across a number of licensed sites (under Regulation 8 of the Ionising Radiations Regulations, IRRs 1999), two ONR radiological protection specialist inspectors conducted an inspection of control of occupational radiation doses on the Rosyth Royal Dockyard Ltd (RRDL) site. To ensure consistency of approach to previous CORE inspections, the inspection was conducted using a standard questionnaire and follow-up question and answer sessions with the licensee.
Interventions Carried Out by ONR
The intervention was conducted at the licensed nuclear site and consisted of:
- Meetings with site personnel.
- Plant visits to the Active Waste Accumulation Facility (AWAF), Radiochemical Laboratory and Laundry.
- Detailed assessment of licensees answers to CORE questionnaire.
Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate
Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made
RRDLs operations in radiation protection are consistent with several examples of relevant good practice in the following areas:
- Procedures on producing relevant contingency plans that are practised on a periodic basis
- Capturing good practice from other sites and implementing it at RRDL
- Use of a traffic light system for emergency services to understand doses.
- Some potential areas for improvement were identified as follows;
- Ensuring that control measures identified in a risk assessment and radiologically related prerequisites are part of the instructions for work in the control documents.
- Ensuring competence of workers is maintained and kept up-to-date.
- Compiling an annual dose estimate and tracking it throughout the year.
Conclusion of Intervention
The arrangements inspected were deemed overall to be adequate; no regulatory issues were raised.