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Sizewell planned compliance inspection - Management of asbestos 

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This inspection was one of a series of planned inspections for 2018/19 which are informed by ONR’s Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste sub-division strategy. One of the strategic objectives is to ensure DFW licensed nuclear sites are either compliant with their legal obligations or are brought back into compliance, making improvements to safety when it is reasonably practicable to do so. This inspection directly contributes to this strategic objective.

The purpose of this inspection was to examine the adequacy of Magnox Ltd’s arrangements for managing asbestos containing materials on the Sizewell A site.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The key regulatory activities undertaken during the one and a half day inspection were based around:

Regulatory judgement was based on determining compliance with sections 2 & 3 of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and relevant statutory provisions made under the Act including: The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A

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

Asbestos Management:

Sizewell A’s asbestos management arrangements are adequate and are being effectively implemented across the site.  A number of areas of good practice were identified and some areas where ML could improve, in particular, categorisation of ACMs and the management of the contract with their analyst. A further observation was made regarding a strategic plan for asbestos management on site, towards care and maintenance.  ML confirmed that this is under consideration by the asbestos improvement project team and forms part of the work stream for the development of the fleet wide asbestos management and abatement programme which will be aligned with C&M entry requirements.

Conclusion of Intervention

Feedback was provided at a closeout meeting on site with those involved in the inspection.  Based on the evidence examined, Sizewell A is judged to have effective arrangements in place for the management of asbestos.