Sellafield - IRR17 Inspection of Analytical Services
- Site: Sellafield
- IR number: 18-178
- Date: January 2019
- LC numbers: N/A
Purpose of Intervention
This report presents the findings of a planned intervention that was undertaken at the Sellafield nuclear licensed site in order to assess Sellafield Limited’s (SL) compliance with the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) within Analytical Services (AS) at Sellafield.
The intervention was part of the six planned interventions across the Sellafield site examining the standard of radiological protection culture and practice across multiple operating units.
Interventions Carried Out by ONR
The intervention consisted of an examination of the implementation of arrangements to secure compliance with the requirements of IRR17 by discussion with key facility personnel and inspection of the facility. The key requirements examined were those relating to:
- Regulation 9 (Restriction of exposure);
- Regulation 14 (Radiation Protection Adviser);
- Regulation 15 (Information, instruction and training); and
- Regulation 18 (Local rules and radiation protection supervisors)
Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate
Not applicable, this was not a System Based Inspection.
Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made
Based on the work areas and work activities examined, I found that arrangements for the control of work with ionising radiations within AS were adequate. In particular:
- Contamination control is the main radiological protection focus area for the facility.
- Use of innovative posters to reinforce contamination monitoring requirements throughout the facility.
- Establishment of the Radiological Protection Improvement Group to assist in driving radiological improvements in the facility.
- The future plan for the Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) Nominee to become the dedicated AS RPA once appropriate SQEP requirements are completed.
- As part of the RPS appointment process, the RPA conducts a facility walk and talk interview with the prospective RPS.
- Staff interviewed in the facility was fully aware of the radiological hazards, ALARP measures, and contingency arrangements applicable to their work area.
- The Radiation Protection Supervisor and the Radiation Protection Supervisor (Sources), who were interviewed in the facility, demonstrated a clear understanding of the requirements associated with their roles and appeared to be suitable for those roles.
- Local Rules contained appropriate information, were accessible, and were prominently displayed at the required locations.
Conclusion of Intervention
From what I observed and examined, the arrangements for the control of work with ionising radiations and their implementation indicate that there are no significant shortfalls of compliance with the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) within Analytical Services. I rated the interventions as Green (No Formal Action). No matters that required a regulatory issue to be raised were identified during the intervention.