Office for Nuclear Regulation

Springfields Fuels Limited - System Based 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 interventions, as outlined in the inspection plan for 2018/19.

The scope of the inspection was to confirm that the selected safety system fulfilled its safety function and adequately implemented the requirements of the safety case.  The inspection also considered the leadership and safety culture within the facility and emergency arrangements.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this inspection, I carried out a System Based Inspection (SBI) within the selected facility targeting the Kiln system to confirm adequate implementation of arrangements made under the following licence conditions: -

The inspection comprised of plant inspection, office-based examination of procedures, documentation and records and interviews with staff.

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 reviewed the licensee’s safety case and considered that it accurately represented the facility/system and identified the associated hazards and risks. In addition, I reviewed the leadership and safety culture within the facility and site emergency arrangements, which I judged to be of a good standard.

I reviewed the training records for a sample of operational and maintenance staff. I found that all persons reviewed had current training records against all of the operating and maintenance instructions examined during this inspection.

I reviewed the relevant operating and maintenance instructions and found them to be clear and concise and identified references to the safety related equipment.

I judged that the licensee is undertaking suitable examination, inspection, maintenance and testing activities.  All the maintenance records examined were within date, legible and signed by suitably qualified and trained personnel. The licensee also demonstrated that the plant was not operated, unless suitable and sufficient safety mechanisms, devices and circuits are properly connected and in good working order.

Conclusion of Intervention

Based on the evidence gathered during this inspection, I conclude that the requirements of the safety case for the Kiln have been adequately implemented, and there were no matters identified that may adversely affect nuclear safety.