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Inspection to confirm compliance with the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and to review the ATO-60 project

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this Intervention was to confirm that the General Fire Safety provisions on Site are adequate and to confirm compliance with the requirements of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. The main areas of interest included a review of previous issues identified and a general overview of the progress being made in relation to the upgrading of fire precautions within the ATO-60 project area.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The site gave access throughout the day to senior managers and subject area experts to provide evidence of compliance with the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the adequacy of their fire safety management arrangements through presentation of pre-prepared material and responding to questions. I challenged managers’ statements and questioned personnel to test effectiveness and knowledge of arrangements.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable this was not a safety system inspection

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

My main area of interest was to review the progress in regard to the fire safety improvements being made to facilitate the ATO-60 project; this has been a long standing project and has required upgrading to the fire safety measures within both the transit route and the process areas.

Good progress has been made on this and although not completely finished the vast majority of the works have been actioned to a very good standard, and I would consider the improvements to have made a significant reduction in the risk that fire would have to the premises as a whole and to the project and would comply with the requirements of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (FSA).

The project has changed in a number of ways, the main changes were explained and described by the project team, most of which do not have any significant impact on the fire safety strategy already in place, however as good practice I have asked for the current PRF Conventional Fire Safety Report Issue 3 to be reviewed and reissued as Issue 4. This document will form part of the revised Safety Case package reflecting the changes to the programme now being adopted.

Conclusion of Intervention

The fire safety arrangements in the areas inspected were judged to be adequate.  There is a positive approach from the Project Personnel and there is good level of engagement that has been developed over some time.  I am happy that the process of Commissioning and Certificating of all the Fire safety elements is understood and in place to be completed.