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GE Healthcare, Amersham - Fire inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this inspection was to assess general fire safety provisions on site, and to confirm that compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) is being achieved. The visit is part of a planned series of interventions across all Divisions.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection comprised of meetings with senior managers and subject area experts. A full walk-down of buildings 23, 29, and 32 was also carried out, 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.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A

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

Previous fire safety inspections at the site have always demonstrated how the management team regard good fire safety practice as important, and this was again found to be the case. Issues identified during the last intervention have been satisfactorily closed out, and no other issues were identified during a walk-down of specific buildings. The current fire safety strategy was reviewed and deemed to be satisfactory.

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 an exemplary level of housekeeping across the site. Overall, I judged that standard of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to be adequate.

Conclusion of Intervention

There were no issues relating to a shortfall in regulatory compliance identified as part of this inspection, and the response of site management throughout was very positive, and this was communicated to the site management team at the conclusion of the intervention.