Office for Nuclear Regulation

Barrow - Fire Safety inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned inspection of BAE Systems Barrow site. The intervention carried out was in-line with the planned inspection programme contained in the BAE Systems Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS).

The purpose of this intervention was to ensure that the Licensee is compliant with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The intervention focused on both the management of fire safety and the practical fire safety provision within selected areas and facilities across the site.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

My overall impression was that BAE applies a robust approach to fire safety and ensures that it is taken seriously. Senior managers have identified fire as a significant risk (in light of the volume of hot working that is undertaken) and I am confident that all of those that I had contact with, had the right focus, support and attention with regard to fire safety.

I identified a number of examples of industry good practice, however I was informed of a minor hot work event that had occurred during the previous day. A small number of areas for improvement and recommendations to further enhance the current standards of fire safety will be followed up with the licensee’s Senior Fire Incident Liaison Officer (SFILO).

Notwithstanding the hot work event, I am confident that the fire safety arrangements are of an appropriate standard and effectively implemented.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded with an assessment of compliance with the legislation, and presented recognised areas of good practice and areas for improvement at a close-out meeting.

Overall, in relation to the areas I inspected, BAE demonstrate a good level of fire safety provision and management.

The inspection outcome was rated as GREEN.