Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Summary table of 2013 mission findings

Finding I.D. Finding summary
Good practices
GPFF1 Systematic engagement with prospective licensees in the area of Organisational Capability.
GPFF2 The elaboration and application of ONR guidelines on a Graded Approach and the regulatory assessment principles.
GPFF3 The use of comparative emergency capability maps in the area of Emergency Planning and Response.
GPFF4 Access to a large range of Radiation Protection information on the HSE website for Employers and workers.
GPFF5 The establishment of a working group to exchange views between Regulators and potential operators on the GDF.
GPFF6 The use of a Radwaste Management case for waste streams.
Suggestions
SF2 * ONR should institute a programme for the reconstitution of an advisory committee on nuclear safety.
SFF1 ONR should ensure sufficient resources are available for effective regulatory oversight of the GDF project.
SFF2 ONR should consider developing a timetable for a fully integrated ONR.
SFF3 ONR should publish its revised Comms Strategy when it is completed.
SFF4 ONR should develop a process to administer refresher training for re-Warranted inspectors.
SFF5 ONR should continue to assess whether it has the necessary human resources to fulfil its statutory obligations.
SFF6 ONR should review its training programme to include the full range of duties regarding radioactive sources.
SFF7 ONR is encouraged to promote the establishment of a means of informing and consulting (parties and the public) about GDF facilities and activities and associated radiation risks and regulatory processes and decisions.
SFF8 A high-level timeline should be prepared to affirm Senior Management's determination to complete the preparation of the ONR Management System (MS)
SFF9 The ONR MS should to be updated to show that one of its purposes is to promote and support a strong safety culture.
SFF10 ONR should complete its first full review of the standard Licence Conditions.
SFF11 ONR should review its training programme to include the full range of duties regarding radioactive sources.
SFF12 ONR (in collaboration with other relevant regulatory authorities) should consider a coordinated approach to regulating RAW disposal facilities.
Recommendations
RFF1 The ONR Management System should be completed and fully implemented as quickly as possible.
RFF2 HSE and ONR should ensure that the allocation of responsibilities is documented when employees are engaged in work involving radiation sources that are not under their employer's control.
RFF3 HSE and ONR should ensure that the regulatory framework contains specific requirements addressing: eye lens dose limits; occupational exposure of persons under 16; maintenance of employee training records working with ionising radiation in the non-nuclear sector.
RFF4 HSE and ONR should define and ensure the implementation of arrangements concerning worker dose assessment in supervised areas.
RFF5 The UK government should ensure that the operational limits and conditions are based upon the latest GSR Part 3 international standard.
RFF6 The interaction between ONR and other Regulatory bodies should be agreed to and better documented for implementation of effective cooperation.
RFF7 The UK government should continue to implement policy and develop (as necessary) strategies specifying steps and responsibilities fro all UK Radwaste streams.
RFF8 Regulatory authorities should review their GRA (Guidance on Requirements for Authorisation) to consider a need for passive institutional control of the site of a near surface disposal facility.
RFF9 ONR should develop further assessment capabilities to be able to review the whole safety case and assessment of Radwaste management facilities.
RFF10 ONR should review the criteria in the use of the Enforcement Management Model to ensure regulatory requirement compliance for Radwaste management facilities.
RFF11 ONR should review the implementation of the present legal arrangements and ensure that all organisations involved in decommissioning activities and Radwaste management are held accountable for their responsibilities and that their activities are coordinated.
RFF12 The ONR should review its approach to authorising decommissioning plans.
RFF13 The ONR should review and update decommissioning guidance to ensure that safety requirements will be in accordance with the latest international safety requirements in this field.