Office for Nuclear Regulation

Springfields Fuels Limited - Operational Standards Compliance Inspection Theme 3

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This inspection on the Springfields licensed nuclear site was undertaken as part of a programme of planned inspections, as outlined in the Springfields Fuels Limited (SFL) inspection plan for 2019/20. The DFW strategy indicates topic areas, where LC’s are grouped to provide a more efficient and effective way of evaluating safety and compliance against the broader DFW strategic objectives. This inspection focused on transport package approvals, consignment of nuclear matter, transport design authority and intelligent customer capability.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this inspection, ONR sought to gain evidence of compliance with : -

The inspection comprised of plant inspection, office-based examination of procedures, documentation and records and interviews with staff.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

I judged that the licensee was able to demonstrate compliance through its written arrangements with LC 5 from the sample of arrangements inspected and the operations observed during the inspection.

I judged that the licensee was able to demonstrate compliance with LC 12 from the sample of arrangements and individual’s role profiles inspected and reviewed during the intervention.

I judged that the licensee was unable to fully demonstrate compliance with LC 17, as the management arrangements with respect to Design Authority and Intelligent Customer lacked sufficient definition, with regard to capability and capacity. The licensee was able to fully articulate where this capability and capacity resided, however, the written arrangements and baseline documentation requires modification to fully reflect these roles and functions.

I judged that the licensee was able to demonstrate continued compliance through its written arrangements with LC 36 from the sample of records and the nuclear baseline documentation inspected. 

Conclusion of Intervention

In my opinion, the Licensee's arrangements for compliance with LC 5, 12, and 36 were adequate from the sample of arrangements inspected, although minor areas for improvement were noted and agreed.  With respect to compliance with LC 17, I will seek improvements in the management arrangements for transport package approvals and definition of design authority/intelligent customer capability. This improvement programme will be undertaken initially via a joint ONR SFL workshop and monitored subsequently via routine interactions with the Licensee.