Office for Nuclear Regulation

Licence condition compliance inspections - LC 36

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This inspection of BAE Systems Marine Ltd (BAESML) licensed site was undertaken as a reactive inspection, to consider their organisational capability as part of the site relicensing assessment.  A proportionate approach has been adopted; consistent with the safety implications of the relicensing request.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection examined BAESML’s arrangements made under Licence Condition (LC) 36 for Organisational Capability and the implementation of these arrangements. This inspection was undertaken in accordance with ONR Nuclear Safety Technical Assessment Guide NS-TAST-GD-048 (Revision 4) and NS-TAST-GD-065 (Revision 2).  The intervention was conducted by two Leadership & Management for Safety Specialist Inspectors and the Site Inspector.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

BAESML has adequate arrangements for defining its capability, compiling a baseline and completing risk assessments for organisational changes. 

BAESML has completed baseline assessments for the posts and roles that have an immediate impact on nuclear safety.  A further baseline assessment has been produced covering key posts that have a latent impact on nuclear safety.  Further arrangements exist for managing the wider capability at BAESML, which cover the main mitigations commonly used in a risk assessment of this nature.

Regulatory Issue 5212 relates to the scope of the nuclear baseline and inclusion of posts/roles that have a latent impact on nuclear safety.  Issue 5212 was discussed and agreed to be closed following production of the support staff baseline assessment.

Conclusion of Intervention

BAESML has adequate arrangements for managing its capability, which have been implemented across its posts and roles that have an immediate and latent impact on nuclear safety.