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DRDL arrangements for the management of organisational change against its LC36 arrangements

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this ONR intervention was to undertake a planned inspection at Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd (DRDL) Offices, Plymouth, in accordance with ONR’s Intervention Plan for the regulation of DRDL 2019/20.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

ONR undertook an intervention to examine DRDL’s management of organisational change against its LC36 compliance arrangements, including a LC36 (Organisational Capability) compliance rating.

ONR utilised the following guidance during this intervention: ONR Nuclear Safety Technical Assessment Guide (TAG) 048, NS-TAST-GD-048 Rev. 5, ‘Organisational Capability’, ONR Nuclear Safety Technical Assessment Guide (TAG) 065, NS-TAST-GD-065 Rev. 3, ‘Function and Content of the Nuclear Baseline and Organisational Capability’, and ‘Nuclear Baseline and the Management of Organisational Change, A Nuclear Industry Good Practice Guide’, Safety Directors Forum, Issue 3, March 2017.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A – this was not a Safety System inspection.

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

Based on the evidence sampled during this inspection ONR judged that measured against ONR’s expectations for LC36 (Organisational Capability), for the management of  organisational change with respect to LC36 (2) and LC36 (5), the intervention rating is GREEN (no formal action), with identification of four areas of good practice, five areas for improvement and no Regulatory Issues.

The areas of good practice related to:

The regulatory observations (areas for improvement) related to:

Conclusion of Intervention

On the basis of the areas sampled during the intervention, I judged that DRDL had established adequate arrangements for LC36 compliance in the areas of management of change and organisational capability. There was evidence that the licensee has effectively applied their LC36 arrangements in the production and governance of MoC proposals, good practice had been applied in a number of areas, and a continuing improvement approach has been established.  No major shortfalls with LC36 compliance were identified during the intervention.

ONR will undertake a follow-up regulatory engagement in the first half of 2020, to review progress with progress and embedment of the improved organisational change arrangements, examine progress with close-out of the Head Count Reduction MoC, and review LC36 compliance aspects of the OARS project implementation.