I conducted an inspection of fire safety at the Harwell licensed nuclear site. My inspection focused on the themes of fire safety management and practical fire safety provision. A number of issues from previous fire safety inspections were reviewed to confirm that adequate consideration had been given to them by the Licensee. I completed a walk-down of selected facilities before concluding with a final meeting with members of the management team.
The site gave access throughout the day to relevant personnel and subject area experts. The personnel I engaged with were both enthusiastic and focused in providing a good level of fire safety within their areas of control. Accompanying me throughout the inspection was the Fire Safety Coordinator (FSC) and the Internal Assurance Manager (IAM). During my inspection, I challenged those accompanying me, and others about procedures and approaches to the practical application of maintaining adequate fire safety provision. I questioned personnel to test effectiveness and knowledge of arrangements. I examined a series of documents prior to my arrival on site.
My overall impression was one of a site which positively demonstrated a desire to ensure that fire safety is taken seriously and is given the due consideration it deserves.During both the walk-down and the meetings held during the day I did identify a number of areas for improvement with the application of the expected fire safety strategy and in particular the forward planning relating to the review of Fire Risk Assessments (FRA). I provided a number of recommendations for the licensee to consider based on examples of good practice across the industry. I also identified a number of examples of industry good practice.I am of the opinion that the site displayed a positive appreciation of the importance of effective fire safety measures within the facilities that I inspected and that they demonstrate a positive approach to achieving compliance with the relevant legislation. The site is working towards the implementation of the recently revised Magnox fire safety policy.The inspection involved a combination of looking into the management of fire safety, reviewing the content of the building FRA and physically walking through selected areas and speaking with staff. I questioned and challenged observations with the staff accompanying me. The overarching impression was one of a satisfactory level of importance being placed on the provision of the required standards for conventional fire safety arrangements. Overall, I judged that compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 was to a good standard.
I concluded with an assessment of compliance with the legislation, and presented some areas for improvement and recognised areas of good practice at a de-brief meeting with the Site Management team.