Office for Nuclear Regulation

Springfields Fuels Ltd - Operational standards compliance inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This inspection on the Springfields Works licensed nuclear site was undertaken as part of a programme of planned inspections, as outlined in the Springfields Fuels Ltd (SFL) inspection plan for 2018/19. The scope of the inspection focussed on internal self-regulation and leadership and management for safety arrangements.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this inspection, I carried out an Operational Standards Compliance Inspection against the following licence conditions: LC10 Training; LC13 Nuclear Safety Committee; LC17 Management Systems; LC26 Control and Supervision of Operations; and LC36 Organisational Capability.

Throughout this inspection, I sought to gain evidence of:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

During this inspection, I utilised the licensees meeting structure to review their leadership and management for safety, followed by an inspection of the independent assurance function and internal challenge capability.  I judged that senior managers create an environment of mutual respect and are open and honest with staff and stakeholders promoting an open culture to support both learning from experience and internal challenge.

I judged that SFL site oversight of compliance is effective and SFL routinely reviews its own compliance status and initiates effective remedial action when necessary.  I judged that the site oversight function is embedded within their management system and that SFL are providing appropriate control and supervision of tenants and contractors, using their internal assurance function and nuclear safety committee.

I reviewed a sample of the training records for the Internal Assurance and Nuclear Safety Committees members. I found that all persons inspected had current training records associated with their responsibilities and were suitably qualified and experienced to undertake their identified roles.

Conclusion of Intervention

In my opinion, the Licensee's arrangements for compliance with LC 10,13,17,26 and 36 were adequate from the sample of arrangements inspected and the staff interviewed during the inspection.  I therefore conclude that there are no matters that may impact significantly on nuclear safety.