The purpose of this Intervention was to assess general fire safety provisions on site, and to confirm that compliance with the requirements of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 is being achieved. The visit is part of a planned series of interventions across all Divisions.
The intervention comprised of meetings with senior managers and subject area experts. A full inspection walk-down of buildings R1 Reactor Building, the Turbine Building, and the staff administration block was undertaken, during which a good positive culture of openness to reviewing all areas visited was clearly evident. A meeting with workforce safety representatives was also held to provide information in respect of the purpose of the invention, and to discuss fire safety on the site.
Previous fire safety interventions at the site have demonstrated how importantly the management team regard good fire safety practice, and this was again found to be the case. All but one of the issues identified during the last intervention have been satisfactorily closed out, with the outstanding issue currently being scheduled for completion by the end of August 2017. No other issues were identified during a walk-down of specific buildings, and the current fire safety strategy was reviewed and deemed to be adequate.
The site has a good appreciation of fire safety risks and control measures, as evidenced by a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment process, supported by a good level of housekeeping across the site. Overall, I judged that the standard of compliance with the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 is adequate.
There were no issues relating to a shortfall in regulatory compliance identified as part of this intervention, and the response of site management throughout was very positive throughout, and this was communicated to the site management team at the conclusion of the intervention.