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Fire Safety Inspection (RRO)

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

I conducted an inspection of fire safety at Hinkley A Power Station. 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 reviewed to confirm that adequate consideration had been given to them by the Licensee, Magnox Ltd. I completed a walk-down of selected facilities before concluding with a final meeting with members of the management team.

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 focused on providing a good level of fire safety within their areas of control. Accompanying me throughout the inspection was the Head of Safety (HoS) and the Fire Safety Coordinator (FSC).

As part of this intervention,

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

My overall impression was one of a site which demonstrated a desire to ensure that fire safety is taken 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 including two issues that require action from the Licensee. I provided a number of recommendations for the licensee to consider based on examples of good practice across the industry.

I am of the opinion that the site 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. The site continues to work towards the implementation of the recently revised Magnox fire safety policy.

The inspection involved a combination of looking into the management of fire safety, reviewing the content of the building FRA and physically walking through selected areas and speaking with staff. I questioned and challenged observations with the staff accompanying me.

The overarching impression was one of a satisfactory level of importance being placed on the provision of the required standards for conventional fire safety arrangements with a number of improvements to be implemented.  

Conclusion of Intervention

My overall assessment of compliance with the legislation was conveyed to the Site’s Management team following the inspection, and I presented areas of shortfalls in arrangements and recognised areas of good practice.  Site undertook to take the necessary action to address my findings.