Office for Nuclear Regulation

This website uses non-intrusive cookies to improve your user experience. You can visit our cookie privacy page for more information.

Hinkley Point A compliance inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

I undertook this inspection to examine Magnox Ltd's (ML) compliance with a number of Licence Conditions (LCs) at its Hinkley Point A licensed site. This was one of a series of planned inspections for 2017/18 at the site, in support of ONR's Decommissioning Fuel and Waste sub-division strategy.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I inspected the following:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable

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

It is my judgement that ML has not made and implemented adequate arrangements on site to ensure that every document, record, authority, consent, approval, direction or certificate issued in pursuance of the licence conditions is preserved for the required period of time. The rationale for my judgement is that the site record schedule is not yet complete, a large number of records are not indexed, and no checks are made to ensure documents are not deteriorating. The site is aware of the shortfalls and has put in place an appropriate improvement plan.

It is my judgement that ML has made and implemented adequate arrangements at site for the notification, recording, investigation and reporting of incidents on the site. The arrangements broadly reflect relevant good practice and I found evidence of their implementation.

It is my judgement that ML has made and implemented adequate arrangements at site to ensure that only suitably qualified and experienced persons perform any duties which may affect the safety of operations on the site. The arrangements do provide for the appointment of duly authorised persons to control and supervise operations which may affect plant safety.

It is my judgement that ML has established and implemented at site management systems which give due priority to safety. I also judge that ML has, within its management system, made and implemented, adequate quality management arrangements in respect of matters which give due priority to safety.

It is my judgement that ML has made adequate arrangements to control any changes to its organisational structure or resources which may affect safety, however, these arrangements have only been partly implemented at the site. As such, during the inspection the licensee was not able to fully demonstrate that it has adequate human resources. I did not, however, find any evidence that operations were being carried out without adequate human resources in place. The site needs to work with the programmes to implement the arrangements it has adequately applied to its core site functions.

Conclusion of Intervention

I have discussed the inspection findings with the Hinkley Point A site leadership team and will be following up the site's progress in the actions it is taking to address these areas for improvement as part of routine regulatory business.