Office for Nuclear Regulation

Sellafield - Compliance inspection 

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This intervention, conducted at the Licensee’s Sellafield Limited (SL) Cumbria licensed site, was undertaken as part of the 2018/19 intervention plan and the Sellafield sub-division strategy.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I conducted a Licence Condition (LC) 26 (“Control and Supervision of Operations”) compliance inspection, which focused on the implementation of the licensee’s arrangements to ensure that no operations are carried out which may affect safety except under the control and supervision of suitably qualified and experienced persons appointed for that purpose by the licensee, within the Sellafield Remediation Directorate and more specifically focussed on the Solvent Recovery Building on Sellafield Ltd’s nuclear licensed site. This inspection was conducted to enable ONR to make a judgement as to the adequacy of the implementation of the licensee’s arrangements for compliance with the respective LC.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

No matters were identified as requiring immediate regulatory attention during the conduct of the compliance inspection.

I identified the following areas for improvement during the compliance inspection and these have been raised as Regulatory Issues which will be managed as part of normal regulatory business.

The Licensee to develop a safety case for the safe storage of the uncharacterised chemicals in an appropriate location.

The Licensee to ensure that all risk assessments are 'suitable and sufficient', for the risks to the health and safety of employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work.  

Conclusion of Intervention

The LC 26 compliance inspection demonstrated that the licensee has adequately implemented the arrangements in place under LC 26. I therefore consider, noting the ONR guidance on inspection ratings, that an inspection rating of Green (no formal action required) is merited here.