Office for Nuclear Regulation

Intervention to determine level of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this inspection was to confirm that the General Fire Safety provisions on site are adequate, and to confirm that the licensee is complying with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO). The inspection was part of a planned series of visits across all licensed sites. The inspection also aimed to recognise areas of best practice, to encourage a pro-active style of safety management, promote continual improvements in fire safety, and to check on the progress of vacating staff from older buildings to newer porta-cabin style office accommodations.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

As part of this intervention,

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

Generally the Site has a good appreciation of how important fire safety is and what impact a fire would have on site, as evidenced by a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment process and a reasonable level of housekeeping across the site.  Overall, during discussions around preventative and protective measures, I identified a wide range of good examples of fire safety management.
Having inspected this site 3 times since 2016, I am still of the opinion that the site continues to display a sound appreciation of the importance of effective fire safety measures across the site, and that overall the licensee shows a strong commitment to achieve compliance with the relevant legislation, and from the evidence gathered during this intervention, I do not believe there are any deficiencies that seriously impact on fire safety.

Conclusion of Intervention

There were no shortfalls in regulatory compliance identified during this inspection, and the response of station management was very positive throughout, and this was communicated to the site management team at the end of the intervention.
Generally the fire safety arrangements were found to be adequate and to comply with legal requirements.