Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Intervention to ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this Intervention was to confirm that the general fire safety arrangements on site are adequate, and to confirm that compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) is being achieved. The intervention was part of a planned series of visits across all divisions. The intervention also aimed to recognise areas of best practice, to encourage a pro-active style of safety management, promote continual improvements in fire safety, and to check on the progress of the site wide fire alarm refurbishment.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

As part of this intervention,

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A

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

There were no issues outstanding from the previous intervention and the site has always reacted in a positive way to any fire safety issues identified. During this inspection I identified a wide range of good examples of pro-active fire safety management.

However it was necessary to raise 1 regulatory issue, which was minor in nature, relating to the inadequate control of combustible materials awaiting processing, prior to their removal from site. Following discussion of the issue, appropriate remedial measures were initiated before I left site, but further investigation of existing procedures and remedial actions are necessary to ensure an adequate control of combustibles is put in place to ensure that there is no re-occurrence.

Conclusion of Intervention

Generally the fire safety arrangements were found to be ADEQUATE and I have rated this inspection as Green.

There were no other issues relating to a shortfall in regulatory compliance identified as part of this intervention; the response of station management was very positive throughout and this was communicated to the site management team at the end of the intervention.