Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Barrow - Compliance Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This intervention was one of a series of planned interventions for the BAE Systems Marine Limited (BAESML’s) licensed nuclear site at Barrow during 2017/18.  I undertook a planned inspection of LC 3 “Control of property transactions on licensed sites” and LC 8 “Warning Notices”.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The purpose of Licence Condition 3 (LC3) is that the nuclear site licensee should ensure control of and rights of access to its site commensurate with its duties under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 (as amended) (NIA65) and the nuclear site licence conditions.

The purpose of Licence Condition 8 (LC8) is to ensure that the safety of all people on the site in respect of their ability to be able to respond appropriately and without delay to an incident or emergency situation.  All warning notices and signs should be in appropriate places to advise people what to do or what to avoid in that area in the event of fire or other emergency.

My inspection, which comprised discussions with BAESML staff, examination of documentation and records focussed on the procedures which demonstrated compliance, the warning notice schedule and a sampling of the warning notices in place for the Nuclear Emergency Evacuation Route from the Wet Dock Quay (WDQ) and the Fire Evacuation Route from the Devonshire Dock Hall (DDH) and the associated muster area.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

Due to the infrequent use of LC 3 on established licenced sites, there was no evidence to sample on the implementation of BAESML’s arrangements for compliance with LC 3 other than their existence on the Management System. However, due to the checks and balances, from a legal perspective, in place for any property transaction i.e. the transaction would be guided by the Licensees Legal Counsel and BAE Systems Real Estate Solutions and then approved by the Managing Director. In the opinion of the inspector if there was a requirement to exercise these arrangements in the future sufficient governance would be in place to ensure compliance the requirements of LC3.

I consider that BAESML’s arrangements for compliance with LC 8 have been effectively implemented on the Barrow site. However, from the sample of areas a number of areas for improvement were identified. Therefore a regulatory issue has been raised to ensure the Licensee addresses areas of concern at the WDQ with respect to signage and the provision of an efficient and unobstructed evacuation route. In addition, a number of observations were highlighted to Licensee.  

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall I judged implementation of the site’s arrangements for LC3 and LC8 as green. The Licensee was informed of some areas for improvement under LC 8 and took an action to address these. I will monitor progress with the matters raised during the inspection.