Office for Nuclear Regulation

Chapelcross - Inspection to ensure compliance with the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned inspection at the decommissioning Chapelcross site, undertaken as part of the intervention strategy for the Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste Sub-Division.

The purpose of the inspection was to ensure that the Licensee was complying with the fire, life safety requirements of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection assessed management arrangements to support fire safety, and examined the implementation of fire protection within pre-selected areas on the site.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not Applicable

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

My overall impression was one of a licensee with a commitment to maintain and develop the fire safety arrangements within its decommissioning operations across the Chapelcross site. The licensee understands the need to apply a systematic and pragmatic approach to fire safety, ensuring that it is taken seriously and is given the due consideration it deserves. Throughout the inspection I noted that all of those that I had contact with, demonstrated a suitable focus, support and attention to fire safety. The site does not currently have a Fire Safety Coordinator. This role is an important position in ensuring that fire safety is managed and applied appropriately on a diverse site such as Chapelcross. The role is being temporarily covered by an Industrial Safety Specialist who has limited Fire Safety experience.

During the walk-down of the two facilities a number of areas for improvement were identified which will require immediate consideration and attention to ensure sustained compliance with legal duties. The Site undertook to address these matters.

Conclusion of Intervention

This inspection demonstrated that the Site’s fire safety arrangements are effective and adequately implemented.