Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Intervention to determine level of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

I conducted a Fire Safety Inspection at Devonport Royal Dock Yard focusing on Management systems that underpin Fire Safety and sampled various areas within the Nuclear Licensed site boundary that support the work within the facility.

I took the opportunity to review progress made against previous Fire Safety Inspection.

I concluded the day by informing the Company Fire Officer of a number of items that need their attention, which I will continue to monitor until they are closed out.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The purpose of my Intervention is to confirm that the Duty holder understands the duties placed on him by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) and that the site can show compliance with that Order.

The visit sought to review the site Fire Safety Management arrangements and to confirm that process by visiting Dock 9 facility including the SSBN currently in for refit, N094 and to review the progress on the SRC fire alarm/emergency lighting upgrade works.

The RRO is very much concerned with Life Safety so it was important to observe the safety arrangements provided within the areas visited to confirm that compliance with the legislation is being observed.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

The visit to both the SSBN and N094 were positive and encouraging, good management of fire safety was displayed, a number of improvements were identified that will provide a more robust approach to fire safety; these were readily accepted by the Dutyholder.

The progress briefing on the SRC Fire Alarm/emergency lighting did not provide the detail that was expected, further engagement and detail will be required to ensure that the project is moved forward in an appropriate fashion.

A number of issues from previous visits remain outstanding these will be monitored through to closure.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded my intervention with an assessment of compliance with the RRO; however the promised progress on the SRC fire alarm project fell short of expectations further engagement will be required.