Office for Nuclear Regulation

Vulcan - Compliance inspection of IRR17

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This intervention was conducted at Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment (NRTE) and was specifically focused on the authorised site. It was undertaken as part of the 2017/18 intervention plan and propulsion sub-division strategy.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I conducted an Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) compliance inspection focused on the implementation of the authorisee’s arrangements for the regulations. I targeted:

I met with key personnel to discuss the duty holder’s progress in compliance with changing requirements between IRR99 and IRR17.

The intervention was performed in line with ONR's guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

IRR 17 compliance is also inspected against the Approved Code of Practice -

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.

The findings identified during the inspection were minor and have been put forward to ONR for consideration as Regulatory Observations.

Conclusion of Intervention

Based on the sampling undertaken during the IRR17 compliance inspection, I am satisfied that the licensee has adequate arrangements in place under the recently enacted IRR17.