Office for Nuclear Regulation

Hartlepool Power Stations - Planned Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake a compliance inspection at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited’s (NGL’s) Hartlepool power station in line with the planned inspection programme contained in the Hartlepool Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2015/16.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection sampled the implementation of arrangements against regulations 7, 14, and 18 of the Ionising Radiation Regulations (IRRs) 1999. During the intervention, I inspected work being conducted within the radiological controlled area, and discussed work controls with key personnel.

The site emergency arrangements were reviewed with station and corporate staff at the annual review meeting.

The local liaison committee meeting was attended.

The intervention was performed in line with ONR’s guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

No system based inspections were performed.

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

The IRR inspection revealed the Workers on the power station demonstrated their knowledge of the radiological hazards posed by the work and the required precautions identified in the radiological risk assessment.  Controlled areas are clearly demarcated and access adequately controlled. Training provided by EDF Energy NGL prior to unescorted access to the radiological controlled area provided adequate information on the hazards posed by ionising radiation, general precautions when working with radiation, and local rules at Hartlepool.

The station had pursued a number of emergency response improvement initiatives for example, new emergency response management and communications equipment for trial.     

Conclusion of Intervention

I am satisfied that the site was complaint with regulations 7, 14, and 18 of the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999. I award an IIS rating of 3 (adequate).   

The corporate and station emergency arrangements staff were actively seeking continuous improvements (IIS rating 2 (above standard).