Office for Nuclear Regulation

Planned inspection at RRMPOL licensed site

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This inspection at the RRMPOL licensed sites at Derby was one of a series of planned inspections for 2016/17. Its purpose was to evaluate the licensee's compliance with Licence Condition (LC) 10 and to determine if shortfalls identified at a previous inspection had been resolved.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

On 06 July 2016, ONR's Nominated Site Inspector, the Defence (Propulsion) Programme's Leadership and Management for Safety Inspector and RRMPOL's Internal Regulator, undertook an inspection of both RRMPOL licensed sites, to evaluate the extent to which the licensee complies with LC 10.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

It is ONR's judgement that RRMPOL has made progress in addressing the shortfalls in its LC10 arrangements and their implementation. The organisation and support of the training function is in a much improved position since the last inspection and this demonstrates that RRMPOL is committed to making the required improvements. The head of organisational capability and the organisational capability manager understand what is required to develop a systematic approach to training and the elements are largely in place. The first two-steps of a five-step training pack covering health and safety knowledge and quality knowledge have been implemented. Role-profiles have been developed for 79 of the 103 baseline roles and for all of the baseline appointments (secondary roles). All planned five-step training packs are under development (23 have been identified so far) and the introduction of these is due to commence soon. ONR continues to seek improvement from RRMPOL and therefore the inspection is assigned an AMBER rating. The rationale for this is as follows:

Whilst steps three and four of the five-step training packs are yet to be implemented, ONR acknowledges that operations-based staff have, and continue to, receive training necessary for them to undertake their roles safely.

Conclusion of Intervention

ONR continues to seek improvement in RRMPOL's development of LC10 arrangements and their implementation. RRMPOL should:

RRMPOL has plans in place to address these shortfalls by 31 January 2017, therefore the progress of these inspection findings will be managed by existing ONR Level 3 Issue which will be extended to this date.