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GE Healthcare, Cardiff - Fire inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this inspection was to confirm that the General Fire Safety provisions on Site were adequate and to confirm compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is being achieved. The visit is part of a planned series of interventions across all Divisions. The main areas of interest included a review of previous issues identified and a general overview of the existing site in particular the Material Handling Centre (MHC), Laboratory (OA4) and the Waste Shelters.

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 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 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


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

I believe that having reviewed the arrangements in place and assessed both written material and the actual relevant site buildings that there is a good level of understanding and commitment to not only complying with the legislation but going beyond that with examples of good practice being evident.

I felt that the level of technical awareness was good when I questioned personnel and that there is a good commitment from the Licensee to providing a good level of technical support specifically in relation to Fire Safety for the site.

The buildings visited are relatively simple in their lay-out, some minor alterations had taken place within OA4, but these had been well planned and did not attract any adverse comments, in fact an opportunity had been taken to renew and review a number of electrical installations showing a positive proactive approach to risk reduction.

Conclusion of Intervention

Fire Safety arrangements generally where assessed as being adequate. There were no significant issues that require formal action to be taken.