Office for Nuclear Regulation

Planned intervention to review the implementation of licence condition 36 arrangements, forming part of the 2015/2016 Intervention Programme

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This planned intervention was focused on the licensee’s implementation of licence condition 36 (organisational capability) arrangements, particularly with regard to the current reductions in staff numbers at Springfields, being implemented by a voluntary severance programme.  This intervention formed part of the 2015/2016 Intervention Programme.

Intervention Carried Out by ONR

I was accompanied by an ONR specialist Leadership & Management for Safety (L&MfS) specialist inspector, at an intervention to inspect the implementation of the licensee’s recently revised licence condition 36 arrangements, with particular reference to the licensee’s current voluntary severance programme.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

As no system inspection was undertaken, this was not applicable to this intervention.

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

The implementation of the licensee’s arrangements was inspected in several areas where staff reductions are currently being proposed, including the ‘on site’ Fire & Rescue Service, (where 24/7 shift team strength is being maintained), shift health physics monitors and the site laundry, (where items of safety equipment are maintained).

The ONR L&MfS specialist inspector provided regulatory advice regarding some further enhancements to the licensee’s arrangements, which was readily accepted and will be promptly implemented by the licensee.

Overall, I am content that the licensee is paying due attention to matters of safety significance when implementing manpower reductions.

Conclusion of Intervention

Following this inspection of the implementation of the licensee’s recently revised arrangements, with particular focus on the management of manpower reductions, I concluded that implementation was acceptable.  Regulatory advice on further improvements, suggested by the ONR LMfS specialist inspector, was readily accepted by the licensee.  Consequently, I concluded that an inspection rating for licence condition 36, organisational capability, of 3, adequate was warranted.