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Sellafield Evaporator D Fire Safety Intervention to confirm compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake a compliance Fire Safety inspection at Evaporator D Sellafield prior to handover from the construction phase to the operational phase.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I carried out an intervention to evaluate compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The intervention, which focused on the management of fire safety and provision of physical fire safety provisions, comprised of meetings with senior managers and staff and examination of documentation. The plant area was inspected and areas of good practice as well as areas requiring further attention were identified.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not Applicable

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

During my inspection I held a meeting during the morning session to discuss the approach being taken to management of a number of active fire safety systems. This was followed by a walkthrough of the plant; I paid particular attention to the practical application of the fire safety strategy.

I was provided with a clear indication from all of those persons I met that a positive culture of openness exists, and a willingness to learn and improve is present within the safety environment.

My overall impression was one of a management/construction team which demonstrated an ability to ensure that fire safety is taken seriously and is given the due consideration it deserves. The commissioning and handover process were of a particularly good standard.

During both the walk down and the meetings held during the day I identified a number of examples of industry good practice, fire stopping and fire door installation were of particular note. My inspection has provided me with the confidence that the fire safety arrangements are being managed effectively and being implemented to a good standard and that the hand over process is being carried out to a good standard.

Overall, I judged that standard of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to be to a good standard and concluded the following inspection rating was appropriate: GREEN

Conclusion of Intervention

I did not identify any deficiencies that seriously impact on fire safety within Evaporator D. No additional regulatory action is needed as a result of the findings of this intervention.