This was a planned inspection of EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd.’s (NGL’s) Hinkley B power station, undertaken as part of the planned intervention strategy for the Operating Facilities Division (OFD) of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
The work was carried out was in line with the planned inspection programme contained in the Hinkley B 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 provision within selected areas and facilities across the site. I informed the licensee that this inspection would focus on the conditions that relate to normal generating conditions:
My overall impression was one of a Management Team and Fire Safety Coordinator (FSC) who apply a robust and pragmatic approach to fire safety, ensuring that it is taken seriously and is given the consideration it deserves. I am of the opinion that senior managers have identified fire as a significant risk to the Hinkley B Power Station site and those persons that work within it. Throughout the inspection I noted that all of those that I had contact with, demonstrated a suitable 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 industry good practice. A number of areas for improvement along with recommendations aimed at further enhancing the standards of fire safety will be followed up with the licensee’s FSC.
My inspection has provided me with the confidence that the fire safety arrangements are effective and being implemented to a satisfactory standard.
I concluded with an assessment of compliance with the legislation, and presented deficiencies, observations and recognised areas of good practice at a wash-up meeting.
Overall my findings in relation to the areas I inspected demonstrate a good level of fire safety provision and management. The FSC understands that in order for the fire safety strategy that is in place at Hinkley B to achieve its goal, it is necessary that all members of staff are aware of the strategy and the rationale behind it.
The inspection outcome was rated as GREEN – no formal action.