Office for Nuclear Regulation

Low Level Waste Repository Licence Condition 36 - Organisational capability

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was one of programme of planned inspections at LLWR during 2018/19, developed in accordance with the Decommissioning Fuel & Waste Sub-Division strategy. This inspection targeted the licensee’s organisational capability.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I, the site inspector, accompanied by a Leadership & Management for Safety specialist inspector, inspected LLWR’s arrangements for compliance with licence condition (LC) 36 Organisational capability.

The intervention was performed in line with ONR’s guidance on Organisational change and the Function and content of the Nuclear Baseline.

I also met with representatives of LLWR to discuss progress with two open regulatory issues, and plans for exercising LLWR’s emergency arrangements in 2019/20.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable as no safety system was inspected.

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

I examined LLWR’s arrangements for defining and maintaining its nuclear baseline, and for managing organisational change. I noted areas of good practice and offered advice regarding opportunities for improvement and strengthening of LLWR’s arrangements.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded that LLWR’s arrangements for compliance with LC36 were adequate, and that LLWR was able to provide demonstration that implementation of those arrangements is adequate.