This intervention was intended to inspect GE Healthcare's compliance with Licence Conditions 32 to 35 in relation to its arrangements for radioactive waste and decommissioning activities.
We inspected ongoing waste packaging, decontamination and decommissioning activities, and waste storage activities. We inspected a sample range of relevant documentation including strategies, radioactive waste management cases, safety reports and safety, health and environment arrangements (SHEAs). We also met with one of GE Healthcare's safety advisers and two trades' union representatives to discuss staff perception of safety matters.
We observed high standards of containment and ventilation, radiation protection measures including air-fed suits, PPE and monitoring, housekeeping, organisation of materials, lay-down areas, information for operators, and engineering of installations for decommissioning. Discussions with supervisors and operators gave us considerable confidence that operations were being well planned, controlled and executed. We observed similar high standards in the materials handling centre which appeared to be a very well organised, tidy and effective facility.
The documents we inspected appeared to have adequate scope and content and provided good evidence of arrangements supporting GE Healthcare's compliance with LCs 32 to 35.
We considered the GE Healthcare arrangements, activities and documents we observed to be good to exemplary and gave ratings of 2 (good) for accumulation of radioactive waste (LC32) and leakage and escape (LC34) and 1 (exemplary) for decommissioning (LC35). We were unable to give a rating for disposal of radioactive waste (LC33) as GE Healthcare has not been directed by ONR to dispose of waste.