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LC 36 Compliance inspection – Resilience on Sellafield Ltd’s nuclear licensed site

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) undertakes all regulatory interactions with Sellafield Limited (SL), the site licensee, against a strategy defined by the ONR Sellafield, Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste (SDFW) Division.  The planned inspection schedule for the current regulatory year (covering April 2018 – March 2019), the content of which is guided by that strategy, identifies the Licence Conditions (LCs) that will be inspected over this period.

This planned inspection was undertaken to determine if SL’s Resilience Organisation is adequately implementing the licensee’s site-wide arrangements for compliance with Licence Condition (LC) 36 (Organisational capability).  The Resilience Organisation has an important role as it is responsible for the Sellafield Site-wide emergency arrangements.

The overall adequacy of SL's site-wide LC36 arrangements is considered separately in other ONR inspections.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

LC36 requires the licensee to provide and maintain adequate financial and human resources to ensure the safe operation of the licensed site.

My inspection that was broadly office based, comprised discussions with licensee staff and examination of documentation, focussed on SL’s arrangements to:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable; this was not a safety system based inspection.

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

There were no significant findings identified during my inspection, and I have not raised any associated Regulatory Issues.

The licensee demonstrated an adequate understanding of its site-wide arrangements. Overall, I consider that the licensee has adequately implemented its arrangements for compliance with LC36 within the Resilience Organisation.  Indeed, this implementation is good in several areas, for instance establishing external benchmarking of its subject matter experts, plus, implementation of operational learning. However, there were also some areas for improvement, for example its application of the site-wide management of change arrangements.   

Conclusion of Intervention

As I found no significant shortfalls, on balance, I consider an inspection rating of Green (no formal action) is merited against LC36 as a result of this inspection.

My findings were shared with and accepted by the licensee as part of normal inspection feedback.  I have not raised any Regulatory Issues as a result of this inspection.