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DRDL -  Planned Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned inspection of the boat in 9 dock and building NO18, undertaken as part of the Devonport Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) within the Operating Facilities Division inspection programme.

The purpose of this intervention was to ensure that the Licensee was complying with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure adequate arrangements are in place to protect people’s life safety from the danger of fire.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection focused on fire safety management arrangements and an assessment of the practical implementation of the fire strategies in a number of sample of areas on site. During the inspection:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not Applicable

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

No new regulatory issues were identified during my inspection. During the tour of the facilities a number of minor observations were pointed out to the Fire Safety Coordinator for his attention as part of normal day to day fire safety management business, but overall, site demonstrated a good standard of compliance with the life safety requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. 

Some progress has been made on the upgrade to the fire detection and warning system, which is currently the subject of Regulatory Issue 5209.  However, I requested a written update of the review to the action plan, which includes a slight change in scope of remedial work and some changes in the delivery of milestones of the project.

Notwithstanding the above fire alarm / emergency lighting regulatory issue, my inspection has provided me with the confidence that the fire safety arrangements are effective and being implemented to a satisfactory standard. I am of the opinion that the licensee displayed an appreciation of the importance of effective fire safety measures within the facilities I inspected and that overall they show a desire to maintain compliance with fire safety legislation.

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 Facility Management Team.

Overall, my findings in relation to the areas I inspected, demonstrate a good level of fire safety provision and management.