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DRDL, Devonport, Compliance Inspection of LC36

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

In November 2016 I undertook an inspection of Licence Condition 36: Organisational Capability at Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited (DRDL) where I found a number of shortfalls when compared with relevant good practice. Consequently I assigned a rating of AMBER. This inspection is a follow-up to the November 2016 inspection.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I structured the inspection to focus on the areas where shortfalls were identified in the November 2016 inspection, predominantly in how the site ensures it has adequate human resources for the safe operation of the plant - the nuclear baseline. I examined progress with the development of resource trigger levels, the identification of roles fulfilling an Intelligent Customer function, how DRDL assures itself that nuclear safety governance roles are adequately populated, the inclusion of nuclear emergency response roles on the nuclear baseline, the including of design and safety engineers on the nuclear baseline, and the use of succession planning in managing vulnerabilities for key nuclear roles.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable

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

I found that DRDL is making adequate progress in a number of areas, for example: trigger resource levels have now been identified for pooled roles; there is a wider understanding within the business of the Intelligent Customer function and how this is being delivered; nuclear emergency response roles and design & safety engineers are now included on the nuclear baseline.

DRDL has yet to implement its succession planning arrangements however a pilot of the new arrangements is currently underway. DRDL has decided not to include nuclear safety governance roles on the nuclear baseline and as such I was unable to establish during the inspection whether nuclear governance roles were adequately populated. This is an area which ONR will follow up with DRDL to understand how this key facet of the nuclear organisation is established and maintained.

Conclusion of Intervention

It is my judgement that adequate progress is being made and consequently I assigned an ONR rating of GREEN: No Formal Action. DRDL has further work to do in establishing and implementing its arrangements made under LC36 and ONR will continue to monitor progress through planned interventions.