Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Capenhurst UUK - Operational Standards Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

ONR undertook a planned Operational Standards Inspection (OSI) on the one of the Recent Enrichment (RE) facilities at the UUK Capenhurst licensed site in accordance with a series of planned inspections for 2017/18.

The scope of the inspection was aimed at evaluating the safety culture and safety management of the licensee. The intent of an OSI is to consider key human related Licence Conditions, Leadership and Management for Safety and ONR Safety Assessment Principals (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:

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I carried out an on-site Operational Standards Inspection covering a number of Licence Conditions. The inspection comprised of presentations and discussions with UUK staff, plant walk downs and reviews of plant records and UUK 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 sampled, I did not identify any significant shortfalls in the licensee's formal arrangements for compliance with LC's 7, 10, 12, 23, 24 or 36. With regard to LC's 14, 17 and 26 areas for improvement were noted and the licensee accepted these findings. UUK are required to take action to make the improvements, which includes the documented arrangements to maintain and monitor the implementation of the extant RE Facility Safety Case and to provide a nuclear safety improvement programme, which is resource levelled and demonstrates effective prioritisation.

Conclusion of Intervention

This intervention provided ONR with a comprehensive view of the leadership and management arrangements at UUK. Several areas of good practice were noted, in addition to a number of areas where improvements are required. The licensee has reacted proactively to both the findings of this intervention and their own surveillance report, which builds regulatory confidence, particularly with regard to internal self-challenge. The matters raised in the inspection will be monitored via routine regulatory engagement.