Office for Nuclear Regulation

Dounreay DSRL – To confirm compliance with the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this Intervention was to confirm that the General Fire Safety provisions on site are adequate, and to confirm that compliance with the requirements of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 is being achieved by the licensee. The visit is part of a planned series of interventions across all programmes.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

As part of this intervention,

We were given access throughout both days to the Chief Fire Officer of DFRAS and his Deputy, who provided written evidence of compliance with the Fire (Scotland) Act, and the adequacy of their fire safety management arrangements through examination of pre-prepared material and responding to questions. I challenged statements to test the effectiveness and knowledge of arrangements.

Two separate areas of the site were inspected, the DFR and PFR buildings, as well as a walk-down of the site in general, and there was a good positive culture of openness to reviewing all areas we visited.

General advice was requested and given relating to conventional fire life safety requirements and principles relating to a proposed change to the ventilation systems in the PFR building, and possible changes to the provision of on-site fire personnel.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

There were no issues identified during the intervention, and the site has always reacted in a positive way to any fire safety issues identified.

In conclusion, 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. Consequently, I have rated this inspection as Green. No further regulatory action is required.

Conclusion of Intervention

The response of DSRL was very positive throughout, and this was communicated to the site’s Chief Fire Officer at the conclusion of the intervention.