Office for Nuclear Regulation

GE Healthcare Ltd, Amersham LC 11 inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This inspection, one of a series of planned inspections for 2019/20 at the GE Healthcare Ltd Grove Centre licensed nuclear site, was undertaken to judge compliance with licence condition (LC) 11 - Emergency Arrangements.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this inspection ONR assessed the Level 1 emergency exercise "Congo".  This inspection consisted of observing GE Healthcare Ltd Grove Centre staff deploying its emergency arrangements to control a simulated emergency incident.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

In my opinion the planning for the exercise was thorough, and the scenario was sufficiently challenging for GE Healthcare Ltd Amersham to adequately demonstrate its arrangements for dealing with any accident or emergency arising on the site.  I identified a number of good points but also a number of observations, which were conveyed to the licensee in the post-exercise de-briefing meeting. 

Conclusion of Intervention

Taking into account the exercise planning/scenario and the observations made by the ONR team during the exercise, I considered the emergency exercise to be an adequate demonstration of the site's emergency arrangements made under Licence Condition 11.