This was a planned inspection at the Sizewell decommissioning site, undertaken as part of the intervention strategy for the Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste Sub-Division.
The purpose of the intervention was to ensure that the Licensee was demonstrating compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The inspection assessed management arrangements to support fire safety, and sampled the practical implementation of measures to protect life safety within pre-selected areas on the site.
My overall impression was one of a site that maintains focus on the day-to-day management of fire safety and has the capability to respond, pro-actively to future developments. Those responsible for the management and practical application of fire safety across the site demonstrated a good understanding of the challenges that exist on a decommissioning site.
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 appreciation of the importance of effective fire safety measures across the site demonstrating a confident approach to achieving compliance with the relevant legislation.
Immediately following my inspection I de-briefed the Site management team of my findings and assessment of compliance, which included areas of good practice.
This inspection demonstrated that the Site’s fire safety arrangements are effective and implemented to a satisfactory standard.