Hartlepool - LC11 Compliance Inspection Asbestos and Emergency Exercise
- Site: Hartlepool
- IR number: 17-145
- Date: November 2017
- LC numbers: 11
Purpose of Intervention
The purpose of this intervention was to undertake compliance inspection activities at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited's Hartlepool power station in line with ONR's inspection programme contained in the Hartlepool Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2017/18.
Interventions Carried Out by ONR
We observed Exercise Minerva, designed to demonstrate Hartlepool's capability to deal effectively with an accident or emergency arising on-site. The Site Inspector, assisted by a specialist ONR inspector, also performed a reactive inspection to evaluate compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
The intervention was performed in line with ONR's guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.
Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate
Not applicable - no system based inspections were completed during this intervention.
Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made
- Exercise Minerva - The exercise scenario involved a reactor depressurisation fault and a security incident on the site. Emergency responders (comprising EDF staff, the civil nuclear constabulary and local emergency services) were further challenged by the presence of a number of simulated casualties. We judged that emergency exercise was a successful demonstration of the station's emergency arrangements and capability to respond to an emergency. We judged that the overall standard of compliance was consistent with relevant good practice and awarded the following inspection rating against LC11: Green.
- Control of Asbestos - Based on a sample inspection of documents, discussions with key personnel and a plant walkdown, we concluded that Hartlepool Power Station has mature arrangements in place for management of asbestos containing materials. ONR identified a minor area for improvement in relation to the Station's asbestos register. NGL agreed to consider ONR's finding and implement necessary improvements. We judged that the overall standard of compliance was generally consistent with relevant good practice and awarded the following inspection rating against the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Green.
Conclusion of Intervention
There are no findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety. At present, no additional regulatory action is needed over and above the planned interventions at Hartlepool Power Station.
An entry on ONR's issues database will be made to monitor resolution the finding from our control of asbestos inspection.