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Winfrith - Fire inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This inspection was undertaken at the Tradebe (Inutec Ltd) premises on the Winfrith licensed site. Tradebe is a tenant on the 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 followed-up to confirm an adequate response had been made by the company. I completed a walk-down of selected facilities primarily in the B4 complex.

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 SHEQ Manager, SHE Advisor and the Magnox FSC. All were able to provide answers to questions and provide evidence of the fire safety arrangements throughout the site.

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

Not applicable

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

Key Findings

It was clear that Tradebe Inutec is an organisation which takes fire safety seriously and is given the due consideration it deserves.  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 expected fire safety strategy. I also identified a number of examples of industry good practice. I was particularly impressed with the recent fire alarm and detection system in a number of areas within the B4 complex and the intention to complete all other areas in the near future.

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

Reasons for judgements made

The inspection involved a combination of examining how fire safety is managed, reviewing the content of the building Fire Risk Assessment and physically walking through selected areas and speaking with staff.  Although the inspection identified a number of areas for improvement and consideration by the site management, the overarching impression was one of a suitable and sufficient arrangements being implemented and a satisfactory level of importance being placed on the provision of the required standards for conventional fire safety arrangements.  

Conclusion of Intervention

The inspection identified a number of areas of industry good practice along with a number of areas for improvement that were communicated to Tradebe to address and consider, prior to the next fire safety inspection.  Overall I concluded that the fire safety arrangements were adequate.