Office for Nuclear Regulation

DRDL - LC17 Compliance inspections

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This intervention was conducted at the Licensee’s [Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited (DRDL)] Devonport licensed site and undertaken as part of the 2018/19 intervention plan and propulsion sub-division strategy.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I conducted a Licence Condition (LC) 17 (Management Systems) compliance inspection on the implementation of the licensee’s arrangements for the licence condition, which included supply chain management system arrangements.

The intervention was performed in line with ONR's guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

The licensee’s existing management system arrangements are currently being further developed via improvement programmes. I am satisfied that the licensee has identified, understands and is progressing the delivery of the required improvements.

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

The licensee’s staff engaged positively during the course of this inspection.

The licensee is engaged in improving their existing management system arrangements for LC17 to align with relevant good practice and I am satisfied that these are in development.  As the LC 17 framework arrangements are yet to be fully developed and implemented, in my opinion specific  legal requirements are not met (in relation to the arrangements) but without prejudice to overall nuclear safety.  On this basis LC17 has been rated as ‘Amber’.

A level 4 regulatory issue [RI] was identified during the inspection. This relates to improving the processing of learning to ensure that it is properly evaluated and incorporated into organisational programmes and processes.

Conclusion of Intervention

No matters were identified as requiring immediate regulatory attention during the LC 17 compliance inspection.

The inspection demonstrated that the licensee is actively engaged in enhancing and implementing a number of improvements to their existing management system arrangements.

Based on the areas sampled during the inspection, the licensee’s supply chain management system arrangements developed thus far were considered to be adequate.

One regulatory issue and six recommendations were identified during this inspection and are detailed in section 2.1.7 of this report.