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Hunterston A Site Inspection to ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

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.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

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.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

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.

Conclusion of Intervention

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.