Office for Nuclear Regulation

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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 Intervention was to assess general fire safety provisions on the Springfields Fuels Ltd. Licensed nuclear site, and to confirm that compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is being achieved. The visit was one of a series of planned conventional fire safety interventions across all licensed sites.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

This inspection consisted firstly of meetings with senior managers and subject area experts, to assess the adequacy and suitability the fire safety arrangements in place on site, with specific focus predominantly on occupied areas. These were followed by full walk-downs of the General Administration Building A400, the Training/Workshops Building A611, and the Oxide Plant Offices A400.

A meeting with workforce safety representatives was also held to provide information in respect of the purpose of the inspection, and to discuss the general fire safety arrangements and procedures 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.

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 process of undertaking fire risk assessments on site was also examined and found to be suitable, and undertaken by suitably trained personnel.

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 therefore judged that the standard of compliance with the requirements of the Fire Safety Order 2005 to be adeqaute.

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, and this was communicated to the site management team at the conclusion of the inspection.