I conducted an inspection of fire safety at Hunterston A Power Station. 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).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 continues to demonstrate a positive 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 identified a small number of areas for improvement with the application of the expected fire safety strategy. 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.The inspection involved a combination of looking into the management of fire safety, reviewing the content of the building FRA's 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 high level of importance being placed on the provision of the required standards for conventional fire safety arrangements. 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. They demonstrated a positive approach to achieving compliance with the relevant legislation. The site is working positively towards the implementation of the recently revised Magnox Ltd fire safety policy.
Overall, I judged that the standard of compliance with the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 to be to a good standard. I presented deficiencies and recognised areas of good practice at a de-brief meeting with the Site Management team who accepted my findings.