Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Dounreay - Planned compliance inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake a Licence Condition (LC) compliance inspection at Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) in accordance with the 2017/18 Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for Dounreay to confirm that the licensee is controlling its hazards and complying with its statutory obligations.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

This inspection included an inspection of the Site's arrangements made under the following LCs:

The inspections were undertaken by the ONR Dounreay site inspectors and were based on examining a sample of the licensee's arrangements and their implementation within the following areas on site:

This intervention also provided the opportunity to close out the regulatory actions placed against DSRL during the LC23/LC24 compliance inspection undertaken on 13 to 15 June 2017 [ONR-SDFW-IR-17-049 at 2017/236117].

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

The inspections against LC10 and LC12 were conducted in parallel and involved:

We consider that the corporate arrangements provide a clear framework for the identification and fulfilment of the competency requirements for both the ‘day posts' required on site and the safety and environment related roles and emergency response related roles that personnel are appointed to either as a function of their day post or in addition to their day post.

We examined the implementation of the corporate arrangements within each of the three main directorates. Overall we consider that each directorate was able to demonstrate the adequate implementation of the corporate arrangements within each area inspected and were able to provide evidence of local arrangements necessary to support the training and competency requirements specific to individual areas.

The inspection against LC17 focussed on the quality management arrangements supporting the accelerated shipment of exotic materials.

There was clear evidence of appropriate stakeholder engagement in the development of the arrangements supporting the accelerated shipment of exotic materials; this includes the provision of awareness and specialist training for all those stakeholders involved in the shipping process. A key document is the overarching quality plan covering each shipment; this provides a clear audit trail that all stakeholders have verified and agreed that the quality management requirements required to support the shipment have been met.

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall, we consider that the arrangements and their associated implementation for LC10, LC12 and LC17 for the areas inspected met with the required standards. We did not identify any matter impacting on nuclear safety that required immediate regulatory action.