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Springfields Fuels Limited - Operational Standards Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

In accordance with the DFW strategy, a planned Operational Standards Inspection (OSI) on the Oxide Fuels Complex was undertaken at Springfields Works.

The intent of an OSI is to consider key human related Licence Conditions, Leadership and Management for Safety and ONR Safety Assessment Principles (SAPs) in an integrated way, drawing on consideration of the leadership and safety culture within the facility whilst focusing on front-line activities. During this inspection, I sought to gain evidence that within the facility:

The leaders and managers responsible for operations had adequate ownership of operational and behavioural standards and have arrangements to monitor performance against them (LC17, SAPs MS.1 and SAPs MS.3).

There was a learning and performance improvement culture and adequate supporting arrangements (LC7, LC25 and SAPs MS.4).

The organisational structure (LC 36) and operational capability (SAPs MS.2) are adequate.

Operational practices are linked to the conditions and limits identified in the safety case (LC23); they written into the operating instructions (LC24); there was adequate supervision and control of work (LC26) and that persons conducting operations were adequately trained and authorised to do so (LC10 and LC12).

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I carried out an on-site Operational Standards Inspection covering a suite of Licence Conditions. The inspection comprised of presentations and discussions with SFL staff, plant walk downs and reviews of plant records and SFL arrangements.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

From the areas examined, I did not identify any significant shortfalls in the licensee's formal arrangements for compliance with LC's 7, 10, 12, 17, 23, 24, 26 or 36, which merited any formal action.

Conclusion of Intervention

This intervention provided ONR with a comprehensive view of the operational standards and the supporting management arrangements at SFL; in addition to the adequacy of organisational capability and demonstration of an effective safety culture. Numerous areas of good practice were noted in particular the arrangements for communication between all levels in the organisation and an environment which promotes a positive safety culture and values.