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

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this Inspection was to assess general fire safety provisions on site, and to confirm that compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) is being achieved. 

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection comprised of meetings with senior managers and subject area experts, and as the focus for this intervention was assess the fire safety arrangements in predominantly staff occupied areas, a full walk-down of BLDG39 – Engineering  & Maintenance, BLDG46 – Construction offices, the Main Administration offices, the L&D offices, and the INFOSERVE offices was also carried out.

A meeting with workforce safety representatives was also held to provide information in respect of the purpose of the invention and to discuss the general fire safety on the site.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A

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

Previous fire safety inspections at the site have demonstrated how importantly the management team regard good fire safety practice, and once again this was clearly demonstrated. Changes have been made to the structure of the fire safety team on site in an effort to increase personnel efficiency and maximise resources, and these will continue to be monitored, but it is not envisaged that this will detract from existing arrangements.

No regulatory issues were identified during a walk-down of specific buildings, and the current fire safety strategy was reviewed and deemed to be adequate.

The site has a good appreciation of fire safety risks and control measures, as evidenced by a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment process, supported by a good level of housekeeping across the site. Overall, I judged that standard of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to be adequate.

Conclusion of Intervention

There were no issues relating to a shortfall in regulatory compliance identified as part of this inspection, and the response of site management throughout was very positive throughout, and this was communicated to the site management team at the conclusion of the visit.