Heysham 2 - LC12 Compliance Inspection
- Site: Heysham 2
- IR number: 17-141
- Date: October 2017
- LC numbers: 12
Purpose of Intervention
The purpose of this intervention was to conduct a compliance inspection of a Licence Condition (LC) 12 (Duly authorised and other suitably qualified and experienced persons) at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd's Heysham 2 nuclear power station. The inspection was done as part of ONRs series of planned interventions as set out in the Heysham 2 integrated intervention strategy for 2017/18.
Interventions Carried Out by ONR
I, the nominated site inspector, supported by the nominated site inspector for Torness undertook an LC 12 compliance inspection relating to duly authorised and other suitably qualified and experienced persons at Heysham 2. We sampled the licensee's compliance arrangements and their implementation relating to:
Role profiles or job descriptions for suitably qualified and experienced persons (SQEPs) and duly authorised persons (DAP)
- Sample from schedule of DAPs, the training status for
- DAP shift manages
- Reactor desk engineers
- Fuel route engineers
- Team leader/s arrangements in ensuring SQEP status of role holders
- SQEP status of contractors having field supervisory roles
- SQEP status of minimum manning levels of individuals holding key roles
The LC12 inspection undertaken utilised the following ONR guidance documents:
- LC12 - NS-TAST-GD-027 Revision 4 - Training and Assuring Personal Competence
I also undertook an information exchange meeting with the Heysham 2 Station Director as part of my routine station engagements, both parties agreed that this meeting was an open and constructive meeting.
Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made
The following LC findings are provided:
- For the LC12 compliance inspection, we examined the arrangements for management of LC12 and identified a clear link from the licensee's primary implementation documents associated with LC12 compliance and the associated corporate arrangements to the station's departmental instructions.
- We interviewed a number of leaders about their role, these included the fuel route manager, shift manager, operations services group head and operations manager. All leaders provided us with a consistent approach in how they ensure direct reports training status is being managed and monitored.
- We identified a minor administrative non-compliance for the station's arrangements with respect to the shift managers continuing training qualification manual. No formal means of recording the shift managers requirement to undertake a minimum of 2 simulator training scenarios performing the central control room supervisor role per year/or 50 week cycle. In light of this shortfall, I consider this a minor regulatory non-compliance and have raised a regulatory issue in order to track the station's progress in regards to this. Based on our sampled inspect we have therefore rated the LC12 compliance inspection as Green.
The intervention was performed in line with ONR’s guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.
Conclusion of Intervention
For the LC12 compliance element of my inspection one ONR issue was raised, given that this is a minor administrative non-compliance, I consider that a Green rating is warranted. There were no findings identified from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety.