This was a planned inspection of life fire safety in AWE’s Assembly Facility at AWE Burghfield, undertaken as part of the planned intervention strategy for the Operating Facilities Division (OFD) of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
The work carried out was in-line with the planned inspection programme contained in the AWE Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS).
The purpose of this intervention was to ensure that the Licensee was showing compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The intervention focused on both the management of fire safety and the practical fire safety provisions within the facility identified above.
My overall impression was one of a management team which demonstrated a willingness to ensure that fire safety is taken seriously and applied accordingly within the assembly facility. I am of the opinion that the Deputy Asset Manager (DAM) has identified and prioritised fire at an appropriate risk level within the facility. Throughout the inspection I was pleased to note that all of those that I had contact with demonstrated an enthusiastic focus, support and attention to fire safety.
During both the walk down and the meetings held during the day I identified a number of examples of fire safety related good practice. A number of recommendations aimed at further enhancing the standards of fire safety will be followed up with the licensee’s Fire Safety Team.
I concluded with an assessment of compliance with the legislation, and presented deficiencies and recognised areas of good practice at a wash-up meeting with the Facility Management Team and others.
The facility management understand that in order for the fire safety strategy for these facilities to be fully affective, it is necessary that all members of staff are aware of the fire strategy and fire risk assessment that applies to them. I have rated the outcome of this inspection as GREEN.