This was a planned inspection at Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited (DRDL), undertaken as part of the intervention strategy for Operating Facilities Division.
The purpose of the intervention was to ensure that the Licensee was demonstrating compliance with the fire/life safety requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The site demonstrated a high standard in the day-to-day management of fire safety and gave me confidence in the capability to respond pro-actively to future developments. Those responsible for the management and practical application of fire safety had a good understanding of fire engineering principles to achieve adequate fire safety in the submarine.
During the walk-down and the meetings held during the day, I identified a number of examples of good practice. People that I met during my inspection displayed a positive attitude to safety, demonstrating a confident approach to achieving compliance with fire safety legislation.
Immediately following my inspection, I de-briefed the Head of Safety of my findings and assessment of compliance, which included areas of good practice.
I concluded that the areas inspected are compliant with the legislation, the site’s fire safety arrangements are effective and implemented to a satisfactory standard, and that there are a number of examples of best practice.
I have rated the outcome of this inspection as GREEN.