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 nuclear sites. The inspection also aimed to recognise existing areas of best practice, encourage a pro-active style of safety management, and to promote continual improvements in fire safety based upon industry best practice.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

As part of this intervention,

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A

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

The Site continues to demonstrate an excellent 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 exemplary levels of housekeeping across the site.  Overall, during discussions around preventative and protective measures, a wide range of good examples of fire safety management were identified, including a number of site specific initiatives and improvements to procedures which exceed normal requirements. Consequently, only a small number of improvements were suggested for consideration.

I am of the opinion that the site displayed an appreciation of the importance of effective fire safety measures and regulatory requirements within the facilities I inspected, that overall the licensee showed a commitment to achieve compliance with the relevant legislation, and from the evidence gathered during this intervention, I do not believe there are any major deficiencies that seriously impact on fire safety.

Conclusion of Intervention

There were no shortfalls in regulatory compliance identified during this inspection that required further actions, with the response of the site management team 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 therefore comply with legal requirements. I therefore consider that the required standard was met, and an inspection rating of Green is merited.