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Fire safety inspection at Springfields Fuels Ltd

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

I conducted an inspection of fire safety at the Springfields Fuels Ltd (SFL) site. 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. This included an update on the fire alarm upgrade project in the Oxide plant. I inspected 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 Manager (FSM) and the Chief Fire Officer (CFO).

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

N/A

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

Key Findings

My overall impression was one of a site which positively demonstrated a desire to ensure that fire safety is taken seriously and is given the due consideration it deserves. A number of fire safety challenges exist which primarily relate to the age of some of the facilities.

During both the walk down and the meetings held during the day I did identify a number of areas for improvement with the application of the fire safety strategy within the facilities I inspected. 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.

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

Inspectors Opinions

I am of the opinion that the site displayed a positive appreciation of the importance of effective fire safety measures within the facilities I inspected, and they demonstrate a positive approach to achieving compliance with the relevant legislation.

Reasons for judgements made

The inspection involved a combination of looking into the management of fire safety, reviewing the content of the building FRA 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 satisfactory level of importance being placed on the provision of the required standards for conventional fire safety arrangements.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded with an assessment of compliance with the legislation, and presented deficiencies and recognised areas of good practice at a wash-up meeting with the Site Management team.