Office for Nuclear Regulation

Sellafield B27 Fire Safety inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned inspection of Building B27 at Sellafield Ltd, undertaken as part of the planned intervention strategy for the Sellafield, Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste Division (SDFW) of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). The work was carried out was in-line with the planned inspection programme contained in the Sellafield Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS).

The purpose of this intervention was to ensure that the Licensee was showing compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The intervention focused on both the management of fire safety and the practical fire safety provision within the selected facility identified above.

I used the relevant legislation relating to this inspection to focus on life fire safety not nuclear fire safety issues. During my inspection, I challenged those accompanying me, and others about procedures and approaches to the practical application of maintaining adequate fire safety provision.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not Applicable

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

My overall impression was one of a management team which demonstrated an ability to ensure that fire safety is taken seriously and is given the due consideration it deserves. I am of the opinion that the Building Manager has identified and prioritised fire at an appropriate risk level within the facility. Throughout the inspection I was pleased to note that all of those that I had contact with demonstrated a suitable focus, support and attention to fire safety.

During both the walk down and the meetings held, I identified a number of examples of industry good practice. I did however identify a number of issues requiring attention to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation is achieved. The age of the design of this facility afford the greatest challenge to the application of the fire safety strategy. I am confident that the Building Management team are focused on addressing the anomalies that exist.

Notwithstanding the observed area of non-compliance, it is my opinion that my inspection has provided me with the confidence that the fire safety arrangements are effective and being implemented to a satisfactory standard. The inspection demonstrated that the overarching impression was one of a good direction of travel and a high level of importance being placed on the provision of the required standards for conventional fire safety arrangements.

B27 Management Team displayed a positive appreciation of the importance of effective fire safety measures within the facilities and that they demonstrate a confident approach to achieving compliance with the relevant legislation.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded with an assessment of compliance with the legislation, and presented deficiencies and recognised areas of good practice at a wash-up meeting with the Building Management Team.