Office for Nuclear Regulation

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 is aligned to the ONR Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste sub-division strategy and focussed on leadership and management for safety, reporting culture and effective operational experience feedback, as documented within the inspection topic areas of the strategy.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this inspection, I carried out an Operational Standards compliance inspection against the following licence conditions: LC 7 Incidents on Site and LC17 Management Systems.

Throughout this inspection, I sought to gain evidence that:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

I judged that the licensee was able to demonstrate compliance through its written arrangements with LC 7 and LC 17 from the sample of arrangements inspected and the staff interviewed during the inspection.

I found that the Licensee has arrangements to ensure that details of incidents affecting safety on the site are notified to ONR and has written arrangements to ensure the appropriate categorisation system is used. 

I judged that senior managers create an environment of open reporting and are supportive and honest with staff and stakeholders promoting an open culture to support both learning from experience and internal challenge.

From interviews with staff and managers, I was provided with the evidence to support my opinion that there is an active reporting culture in place, which identifies and implements corrective actions to prevent recurrence. A minor area for improvement was noted with respect to trending and analysis of events, which should be addressed by the enhancements to the SFL event reporting software.

Conclusion of Intervention

In my opinion, the Licensee's arrangements for compliance with LC 7 and 17 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.