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LC 36 Compliance Inspection - Analytical Services at Sellafield

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) undertakes all regulatory interactions with Sellafield Limited (SL), the site licensee, against a strategy defined by the ONR Sellafield, Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste (SDFW) Division.  The planned inspection schedule for the current regulatory year (covering April 2017 - March 2018), the content of which is guided by that strategy, identifies the Licence Conditions (LCs) that will be inspected over this period.

This planned inspection was undertaken to determine if SL’s Analytical Services organisation is adequately implementing the licensee’s site-wide arrangements for compliance with Licence Condition 36 (Organisational capability).  The Analytical Services organisation provides a number of important roles (e.g. material characterisation, chemical, physical and radiometric measurement and analysis) that support the safety of Sellafield site-wide operating facilities, including its high hazard and risk reduction work. 

The overall adequacy of SL's site-wide LC 36 arrangements is considered separately in other ONR inspections.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

LC 36 requires the licensee to provide and maintain adequate financial and human resources to ensure the safe operation of the licensed site.

My inspection, which was broadly office based, comprised discussions with licensee staff and examination of plant documentation, focussed on SL’s arrangements to:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable; this was not a safety system based inspection.

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

There were no significant findings identified during my inspection, and I have not raised any associated Regulatory Issues.

The licensee demonstrated an adequate understanding of its site-wide arrangements. Overall, I consider that the licensee has adequately implemented its arrangements for compliance with LC 36 in Analytical Services.  Indeed, this implementation is good in several areas, for example in it establishing independence representation as part of its management of change arrangement, plus, demonstrating to action learning outcomes from a recent event. However, there were also some minor areas for improvement, for example the transparency of its minimum safety manning level requirements, and status within its facility.  

Conclusion of Intervention

As I found no significant shortfalls, on balance, I consider an inspection rating of Green (no formal action) is merited against LC 36 as a result of this inspection.

My findings were shared with and accepted by the licensee as part of normal inspection feedback.  I have not raised any Regulatory Issues as a result of this inspection.