Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Site inspection to ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned inspection at Springfields Fuels Ltd (SFL), undertaken as part of the planned intervention strategy for the Sellafield, Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste Division (SDFW) of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

The purpose of this intervention was to ensure that the Licensee was demonstrating compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The primary focus of this inspection provided an opportunity to receive an update on improvements being made as a result of previous inspections, along with a review of the fire safety management at the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) facility who are a tenant organisation on the licensed site.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The intervention focused on both the management of fire safety and the practical fire safety provision within pre-selected areas on the site.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not Applicable

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

My overall impression was one of a site which understands the need for the continued focus on the day to day management of fire safety within a. Those responsible for the management and practical application of fire safety across the site continue to work towards this end. A professional and mature relationship between those responsible for fire safety from the tenant organisation and the site licence organisation was evident throughout. NNL is working in a positive and pragmatic way to address the life fire safety (and other fire safety issues) identified in the recent Long Term Periodic Review.

No regulatory issues were identified during the course of my intervention. I did offer observations and recommendations which are intended to assist in the management and application of fire safety both across the main site and as well as within NNL. During the walk down and the meetings held during the day I identified a number of examples of good practice.

My inspection has provided me with an understanding of the fire safety arrangements and the means of implementing them. The inspection demonstrated that the overarching impression was one of a good direction of travel and an appropriate level of importance being placed on the provision of the required standards for life fire safety arrangements. Those 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.

Conclusion of Intervention

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 Site / Tennant Organisation Management Team.