Office for Nuclear Regulation

EDF Energy Nuclear Generation - Corporate Inspection of LC17 Arrangements focussed on Fleet Process Management

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This was a planned inspection of the Corporate Quality Management arrangements focussing on Fleet Process Management

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I carried out a planned compliance inspection against Licence condition 17 (LC17) ‘Management Systems’.  The inspection focussed on the adequacy of the management systems governance and oversight and fleet process management. Within the Management System a core process (Maintenance) and a support process (Radiological Protection) were sampled.

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

I found that the LC17 Management Systems arrangements for the areas inspected are adequate (IIS Rating 3).

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

I found that the licensee has a mature, well controlled management system which has policies which reflect the high level business aspirations, strategy and objectives.  The policies are implemented by a range of processes through to working level documentation which are defined in the Management System Manual (MSM).  Activities are controlled by the processes and procedures contained in the MSM and there is a comprehensive independent assurance programme which monitors compliance and effectiveness.  I discussed independent oversight of the system provided by the quality department and the internal regulator and was satisfied with the approach being taken.

I found the Fleet Maintenance Team to be well-balanced, with a blend of experience and development potential, and working within the management system framework.  A comprehensive extent of condition review has been undertaken and strong focus areas for improvement have been established which support the business strategic focuses.  The Fleet Maintenance Management is supported by an active peer group and there are arrangements to facilitate communication from the working level through to senior management.  I suggested some potential improvements to planning and recording of information from support groups but these were relatively minor.

I coordinated the maintenance review with a quality auditor from the licensee’s central quality department who was undertaking a fleet process compliance audit of maintenance and the sessions were conducted jointly.  I found the audit element of the review to be well managed and the maintenance team responsive to the findings which I noted would be addressed through the established arrangements.

I found that the Radiological Protection Process is tightly managed with strong management links and communications throughout the management chain.  The process is well deployed, with good business planning, good control of process documentation, good deployment, good monitoring arrangements and intelligent analysis of feedback on metrics.  The team collectively and individually has deep knowledge and experience.

Conclusion of Intervention

I was satisfied from the activities I sampled that the LC17 Management Systems Governance and Oversight arrangements for Fleet Process Management are adequate, (IIS Rating 3).  No actions have been raised.