Office for Nuclear Regulation

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

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned inspection at Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station, undertaken as part of the intervention strategy for Operating Facilities Division.

The purpose of the intervention was to ensure that the Licensee was demonstrating compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure the safety of people from the danger of fire during the Reactor 2 outage.

Interventions carried out by ONR

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not judged to be Adequate

Not Applicable

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

The site demonstrated a high standard in the day-to-day management of fire safety and gave me confidence in the capability to respond pro-actively to the dynamic nature of outage projects. Those responsible for the management and practical application of fire safety had a good understanding of fire engineering principles to achieve adequate fire safety in parts of the facility where the design of the building challenges the use of conventional approaches.

During the walk-down and the meetings held during the day, I identified a number of examples of good practice.  People that I met during my inspection displayed a positive attitude to safety, demonstrating a confident approach to achieving compliance with fire safety legislation.

Immediately following my inspection, I de-briefed the TSSM of my findings and assessment of compliance, which included areas of good practice.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded that the areas inspected are compliant with the legislation, the Site’s fire safety arrangements are effective and implemented to a satisfactory standard and that there are a number of examples of best practice.

I have rated the outcome of this inspection as GREEN.