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

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this Intervention was to assess general fire safety provisions on site, and to confirm that compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) is being achieved. The visit is part of a planned series of interventions across all Divisions.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The intervention comprised of meetings with senior managers and subject area experts. A full walk-down of buildings 39 - Maintenance, 46 - Construction offices, Low Activity Waste Store, the RCA, and the Engineering block was also carried out, during which a good positive culture of openness to reviewing all areas visited was clearly evident. A meeting with workforce safety representatives was also held to provide information in respect of the purpose of the invention and to discuss fire safety on the site.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

Previous fire safety interventions at the site have demonstrated how importantly the management team regard good fire safety practice, and this was again found to be the case. All but one of the issues identified during the last intervention have been satisfactorily closed out, with the outstanding issue currently being discussed with Magnox. No other issues were identified during a walk-down of specific buildings, and the current fire safety strategy was reviewed and deemed to be adequate.

The site has a good appreciation of fire safety risks and control measures, as evidenced by a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment process, supported by a good level of housekeeping across the site. Overall, I judged that standard of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to be GREEN.

Conclusion of Intervention

There were no issues relating to a shortfall in regulatory compliance identified as part of this intervention, and the response of site management throughout was very positive throughout, and this was communicated to the site management team at the conclusion of the intervention.