The purpose of this inspection was to ensure that the Licensee was complying with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The inspection focused on both the management of fire safety and the practical fire safety provision. I met with UUK to assess the approach being taken to the management of fire safety, testing and maintenance of the fire safety systems across the site. The legislation related to this inspection is for life fire safety not nuclear fire safety matters.
A number of issues from previous fire safety inspections were reviewed to confirm that adequate consideration had been given to them by the Licensee. I completed a walk-down of the selected facilities including E23/B248/A3 which represented a range of fire risk profiles and uses, before concluding with a final meeting with senior management.
An update on future new build and consequential demolition of existing facilities was given; this will prove useful in effective planning for future inspections.
The inspection identified a number of areas of industry good practice, such as a good fire safety training plan and effective fire evacuation procedures, along with a number of areas for the licensee to address and consider, (such as a clearer understanding of the need to monitor and control Contractor activities) prior to the next fire safety inspection.
Generally there continues to be an improving picture in relation to fire safety and in particular the active projects that UUK have committed to. Very encouraging updates were provided by the project leads and I felt that a firm understanding of the importance of investment in fire safety over the medium to long term was understood and supported by the lead team.
There was an indication of how UUK restructuring may impact on resources, but I was assured that there remains a firm commitment to maintain the steady progress being made and to ensure that a systematic approach continues. The issue of obsolescence of fire safety systems, common to the Industry as a whole, continues to be an active discussion point and UUK is committed to monitoring and improving systems where practicable.
The fire main continues to operate within its design parameters; however the deferred date of 2020 to carry out any major refurbishment needs to be committed to, as this will avoid any cliff edge scenarios where the main becomes no longer effective in its operation.
Control of contractors continues to be an area of concern, the current refurbishment of B806 has exposed some weaknesses in UUKs monitoring and evaluation of contractors on site, this was discussed at length and I expect a review to highlight improvements that avoid the issues highlighted on this particular project.
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 members of the UUK Management Team. Overall the fire safety arrangements were deemed adequate.
The areas for improvement identified will be responded to with site providing an action plan by the 20th January 2018.