Office for Nuclear Regulation

Meeting to discuss organisational changes - participation in the quarterly regulatory liaison meeting with licensee and E/A - Inspection of the licensee's training

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose was to inspect aspects of the implementation of the licensee’s arrangements in several matters, as part of the 2015/16 ONR intervention programme at the Urenco UK Limited licensed site at Capenhurst.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

A meeting was held with the licensee and the Urenco ChemPlants Limited (UCP) tenant organisation, to inspect the licensee’s implementation of organisational capability arrangements, as applied to organisational changes to the leadership of a tenant organisation.

I was accompanied by the project inspector and a specialist inspector at the planned quarterly meeting between the licensee, the Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited (CNS) tenant organisation and the regulators.

I was invited by the licensee to participate in a training event delivered by an external training contractor, which used actors to present a short training event, which prompted useful discussions on the topics of “Leadership in Safety” and the licensee’s safety culture.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

No safety system inspection was undertaken, hence this was not applicable.

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

At the meeting with the licensee and the UCP tenant, useful clarification was provided regarding the licensee’s control of significant organisational changes within the UCP tenant organisation, constructing the Tails Management Facility

At the quarterly meeting between the licensee, the CNS tenant organisation and the regulators, a broad range of topics of regulatory interest were discussed, with an acceptable outcome.  Regulatory advice was provided to both the licensee and the CNS tenant. The licensee reported an acceptable position regarding the control of the leakage of radioactive materials, as well as implementing plans for the disposal of radioactive sources.

The licensee’s use of an external contractor, to both train and develop discussions amongst the workforce on safety culture matters, was inspected with a positive outcome.

Conclusion of Intervention

In my judgement, both a licence condition 36 and ‘leadership & management for safety’ intervention rating of 3, adequate, was warranted for this meeting with the licensee and the Urenco ChemPlants Limited (UCP) tenant, to assess a number of organisational change matters.

Viewed overall, this was the usual constructive meeting, facilitating dialogue between the licensee, the CNS tenant and the regulators, covering a broad range of matters of regulatory interest.  The licensee’s implementation of arrangements to control the leakage and escape of radioactive materials were considered adequate, warranting a licence condition 34 inspection rating of “3”.

I concluded that the training event was clearly valuable to the licensee and the comments provided by the enthusiastic participants during the review stage of the event, engendered a degree of regulatory assurance, regarding a number of aspects of the licensee’s safety culture. Given the brevity of the event, no licence condition rating was warranted.