Office for Nuclear Regulation

Follow up inspection to ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a follow-up inspection to a planned inspection which took place in November 2019 at the BAE Systems Barrow site. The original 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 Principal Contractor (Morgan Sindall), commissioned by 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 the D59 construction project.

I informed the licensee and the principal contractor that the inspection would focus on the conditions that relate to existing construction conditions across the project.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

The primary purpose of this inspection was to gauge the progress made by Morgan Sindall in addressing the fire safety shortfalls identified during my inspection in November 2019. During my walk down and meetings with those responsible for the D59 construction project (Morgan Sindall), which included BAE Systems personnel, I was confident that improvements have been made to the application and management of fire safety across the project. The improvements have reassured me that the expectations of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 have been satisfied. I was particularly pleased to note that BAE Systems personnel; particularly the Fire Engineering team, are clearly Intelligent Customers.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded with an assessment of compliance with the legislation. I informed the Principal Contractor that I considered the fire safety arrangements to be commensurate with the expectations of the fire safety legislation. I reiterated the importance of maintaining the improved standard of fire safety arrangements for the remainder of the project. I confirmed that it was my intention to recommend to the ONR Head of Propulsion Sites Regulation that this regulatory issue should be closed out.

The inspection outcome was rated as GREEN.