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Sellafield Site Benchmark Inspection of LC13: Nuclear Safety Committee arrangements

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This inspection forms part of a rolling programme of benchmark inspections at the Sellafield site covering all applicable licence conditions over a 5 year period. The purpose of benchmark inspections is to confirm the adequacy of the licensee's arrangements against the expectations detailed in ONR's Technical Assessment Guides and Technical Inspection Guides and any relevant good practice.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

Benchmark inspections are focussed on assessing the adequacy of Sellafield Ltd's arrangements in complying with its Site Licence. This inspection assessed the adequacy of arrangements for complying with Licence Condition 13 (Nuclear Safety Committee).

The inspection consisted of reviewing the documented arrangements against ONR guidance, interviewing relevant Sellafield Limited personnel and attending a Sellafield Limited Nuclear Safety Committee (SLNSC) meeting.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable - this was not a Safety System Inspection

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

Our key findings were:

Conclusion of Intervention

We conclude that the SLNSC arrangements are adequate and found good practice in how the SLNSC reviews its effectiveness. We will continue to monitor SLNSC performance, e.g. through regular review of SLNSC minutes.

We found two opportunities for improvement for Sellafield Limited to consider in regard to: