Office for Nuclear Regulation

Site inspection to ensure compliance with the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this Intervention was to assess general fire safety provisions on the Hunterston A site, and to confirm that compliance with the requirements of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 is being achieved. The visit is part of a planned series of interventions across all nuclear licensed sites.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

This intervention comprised of meetings with senior managers and subject area experts, to assess the adequacy and suitability the fire safety arrangements in place on site, with specific focus upon predominantly staff occupied areas. These were followed by full walk-downs of the site construction offices, the SILWE construction site, and the Balfour Beatty contractor’s offices serving the SILWE project.

A meeting with workforce safety representatives was also held to provide information in respect of the purpose of the invention, and to discuss the general fire safety arrangements and procedures on the site.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

Previous fire safety interventions at the site have demonstrated how importantly the management team regard good fire safety practice, and once again this was clearly demonstrated.

No regulatory issues were identified during a walk-down of specific buildings, and the current fire safety strategy was reviewed and deemed to be adequate. The process of undertaking fire risk assessments on site was also examined and found to be suitable and undertaken by suitably trained personnel.

The site has a good appreciation of fire safety risks and control measures, as evidenced by a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment process, supported by a good level of housekeeping across the site. Overall, I therefore judged that the standard of compliance with the requirements of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 to be Adequate.

Conclusion of Intervention

There were no issues relating to a shortfall in regulatory compliance identified as part of this intervention, and the response of site management throughout was very positive throughout, and this was communicated to the site management team at the conclusion of the intervention.