This was a planned inspection at Rosyth Royal Dockyard Limited (RRDL), undertaken as part of ONR’s intervention strategy for the propulsion sub-division.
The purpose of the intervention was to ensure that the Licensee was demonstrating compliance with the fire/life safety requirements of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.
The licensee demonstrated a high standard in the day-to-day management of fire safety and gave me confidence in their capability to respond pro-actively to future developments. 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 the submarine, which presents challenges to the use of conventional approaches.
During the walk-down and through 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 and demonstrated a confident approach to achieving compliance with fire safety legislation.
Immediately following my inspection, I de-briefed senior managers of my assessment of legal compliance and gave my observations, which included recognising areas of good practice.
I concluded that the areas inspected are compliant with legislation; the licensee’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.