Office for Nuclear Regulation

Site inspection to ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned inspection of Building B38 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 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 demonstrating 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.

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 facility which requires the continued focus on the day to day management of fire safety. The unique nature of the facility both from a design and activity perspective renders the management of fire safety as the key element of the fire safety strategy for this building. The management team demonstrated an understanding of the challenges and complexities that this facility presents in relation to fire safety. I am satisfied that fire safety is taken seriously and is given the due consideration it deserves. It remains a fact that the focus provided by the Facility Fire Safety Coordinator (FFSC) is essential to the continued management of fire safety for this facility.

During both the walk down and the meetings held, I identified a number of examples of issues requiring attention to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation. The age, design, and number of complex projects on-going within this facility afford the greatest challenge to the application of the fire safety strategy.

Notwithstanding the observed areas for improvement, it is my opinion that my inspection has provided me with the confidence that the FFSC has implemented and improved the practical application of fire safety over the past two years. The inspection demonstrated that the overarching impression was one of a direction of travel that offers confidence in the management of fire safety with the caveat that the SEP machine project will offer significant challenges to life fire safety as it progresses. This will require timely forward planning to address the issues likely to manifest themselves.

B38 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.