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

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned inspection of the Dragon facility at Winfrith, undertaken as part of the planned inspection programme contained in the Winfrith Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) 2019/20.  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.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection focused on both the management of fire safety and the practical fire safety provision within the selected facility identified above.

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 management team which demonstrated an ability to ensure that fire safety is taken seriously and is given the due consideration it deserves. The nature, age and design of the facility, along with the construction work involved in the project, offers a number of complex and challenging fire safety issues to be addressed. Throughout the inspection I was pleased to note that all of those that I had contact with demonstrated a suitable focus, support and attention to fire safety.
During my inspection I identified a number of examples of industry good practice. I did however identify a number of minor issues and on-going fire safety challenges requiring attention.

It is my opinion that my inspection has provided me with the confidence that the Project Management Team and the Fire Safety Coordinator (FSC) understand the challenges to fire safety that exist and an adequate focus to manage and address these issues is in place. The inspection provided me with evidence that sufficient importance is placed on the provision of the required standards for life fire safety arrangements.  I have provided a number of recommendations in relation to a number of minor issues designed to build on the existing standard of fire safety that is being applied.

Those responsible for Dragon displayed a positive appreciation of the importance of effective fire safety measures within the facility and that they demonstrate 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 and Facility Management Team.

Overall my findings in relation to the areas I inspected, demonstrate an adequate level of fire safety provision and management. The facility and project management understand that in order for the fire safety systems that are in place in these facilities to be fully effective, it is necessary that all members of staff are aware of the fire strategy that applies to them.