Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Heysham 2 - Fire Safety inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned inspection of EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd.’s (NGL’s) Heysham 2 power station, undertaken as part of the planned intervention strategy for the Operating Facilities Division (OFD) of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

The work was carried out was in-line with the planned inspection programme contained in the Heysham 2 Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS).

The purpose of this intervention was to ensure that the Licensee was showing compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The intervention focused on both the management of fire safety and the practical fire safety provision within selected areas and facilities across the site. I informed the licensee that this inspection would focus on both the end of outage fire safety conditions as well as those conditions that relate to normal generating conditions.

I used the relevant legislation relating to this inspection to focus on life fire safety not nuclear fire safety issues. During my inspection, I challenged those accompanying me, and others about procedures and approaches to the practical application of maintaining adequate fire safety provision.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not Applicable

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

My overall impression was one of a fire safety team which demonstrated an ability to ensure that fire safety is taken seriously and is given the due consideration it deserves. I am of the opinion that other relevant managers have identified fire as a significant risk to the Heysham 2 Power Station site and those persons that work within it. Throughout the inspection I noted  that all of those that I had contact with, all demonstrated a suitable focus, support and attention to fire safety.

During both the walk down and the meetings held during the day I identified a number of examples of industry good practice. I did identify a number of areas for minor improvements which will be followed up with the licensee’s Fire Safety Coordinator (FSC) to ensure they are progressed in a timely fashion.

Notwithstanding the minor areas for improvement, it is my opinion that my inspection has provided me with the confidence that the fire safety arrangements are effective and being implemented to a satisfactory standard. The inspection demonstrated that the overarching impression was one of a good direction of travel and a high level of importance being placed on the provision of the required standards for conventional fire safety arrangements both during an outage and steady state operation. I have provided advice in relation to a small number of minor issues which are aimed at improving on the existing standard of fire safety that is being applied.

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.

Overall my findings in relation to the areas I inspected, demonstrate a good level of fire safety provision and management. The FSC understands that in order for the fire safety strategy that is in place at Heysham 2 to achieve its goal, it is necessary that all members of staff are aware of the strategy and the rationale behind it.

The inspection outcome was rated as GREEN.