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Planned and Reactive Interventions as part of the 2014/2015 Intervention Programme

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

I participated in a planned meeting, initially to all seven of the Springfields issues on the ONR Issues Database, closing out three of these issues, then to inspect aspects of the licensee’s implementation of Leadership and Management for Safety (LMfS) arrangements.

I met briefly with the licensee’s Head of Radiological Compliance & Protection, who proposed a meeting with ONR in early 2015 to discuss the ALARP principle.  I also reviewed the licensee’s planned disposal of redundant radiation sources.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I reviewed all seven Springfields issues on the ‘ONR Issues Database’, closing out three of these regulatory issues and ascertaining that the licensee was making acceptable progress towards closing out the remaining four longer term regulatory issues.

The license’s group of Radiation Protection Advisers meet monthly and the licensee suggested that it would be useful for ONR to provide regulatory advice on aspects of evolving interpretations of the ALARP principle. 

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

During the course of my review of all seven of the Springfields issues recorded on the ‘ONR Issues Database’, the licensee reported acceptable progress against each of these regulatory issues.  Three of the issues were closed out during the course of this meeting and acceptable progress was reported by the licensee towards closing out the remaining four longer term regulatory issues in 2015.

I readily agreed to the licensee’s request for a meeting, early in 2015, to be accompanied by a specialist radiological protection inspector, who could provide advice on the ONR perspective on the evolving interpretation of ALARP, including examples of ALARP measures developed by a range of licensees.  Such a meeting would provide an opportunity to discuss with and influence the licensee, to ensure that the licensee was kept abreast of the evolving regulatory perspective of the practical interpretation of the ALARP principle for radiological protection.

The licensee reported an acceptable scope of routinely addressing a range of Leadership and Management for Safety, (LMfS) matters, with appropriate arrangements implemented for the licensee to review and to address a range of LMfS topics.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded that the licensee was making acceptable progress in closing out issues raised by ONR during the course of site interventions within appropriate timescales.

It was encouraging to note that the licensee was progressing arrangements for the disposal of redundant radiation sources from the site. The licensee was also keen to receive regulatory advice from ONR on developments in the practical application of the ALARP principle for radiological protection.