Office for Nuclear Regulation

To ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned inspection at the BAE Systems Barrow site. The intervention carried out was in-line with the planned inspection programme contained in the BAE Systems Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS).

The purpose of this intervention was to ensure that the Licensee is compliant 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 selected areas and facilities across the site.

I informed the licensee that the inspection would focus on the conditions that relate to routine production / construction conditions across the site. This was to include areas within the site redevelopment project that are currently under the control of contractors.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

Within the area under the direct control of BAE Systems my overall impression was one of a knowledgeable and experienced fire safety engineering team which applies a robust approach to fire safety. I am confident that fire safety is taken seriously and is given the due consideration it deserves. Working alongside and in support of the Fire Engineering Team (FET) are a group of Fire and Incident Liaison Officers (FILO). Due to the nature of the work involving significant hot work activities, it is clear that senior managers have identified fire as a significant risk. My meeting with senior managers and fire safety managers gave me confidence that the risk posed from fire and the importance of managing this risk is fully understood.

My inspection provided me with confidence that the fire safety arrangements within the DDH are adequate. The current FET and FILO team provide an experienced and embedded fire safety resource. The dynamic nature of the work activities within the DDH will continue to require a consistent and on-going assessment of risk from fire and the implementation of suitable risk reduction measures.

I held a meeting with the newly appointed Senior Fire Manager who provided a detailed description of the findings of a “deep dive” review of the current arrangements relating to both the Incident Response Team, and the Hot Work / Fire Watcher arrangements on site.

During my walk down and meetings with those responsible for the D59 construction project (Morgan Sindall) I identified a number of areas of fire safety management and fire safety application that required immediate improvement. These have been captured in a Regulatory Issue and will be monitored via the regulatory issues database. Meetings held on the 12th and 13th November relating to these shortfalls included senior managers of both Morgan Sindall and BAE Systems, and did result in some immediate improvements. This meant that no immediate enforcement action was required, however I will consider other forms of enforcement action following this inspection.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded with an assessment of compliance with the legislation, and presented areas for improvement and expected actions to address them at a post inspection meeting with senior managers.

The inspection outcome was rated as AMBER.