Office for Nuclear Regulation

Compliance inspection of LC26

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This intervention, conducted at the licensee’s (Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited - DRDL) Devonport site, was undertaken as part of the 2020/21 intervention plan and propulsion sub-division strategy.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I conducted a Licence Condition (LC) 26 Compliance Inspection within 9 Dock to assess DRDL’s implementation of control and supervision against relevant good practice (RGP).  The visit was also used to undertake an assessment of the adequacy of DRDL’s arrangements for compliance with COVID-19 social distancing and other health protection measures, and the implementation of these measures on site. 

The intervention was performed in line with ONR's guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

No matters were identified as requiring immediate regulatory attention during the conduct of the compliance inspection.

It is my opinion that DRDL’s arrangements for control and supervision of work have been effectively implemented in relation to the activities being undertaken at the time of inspection.  In my opinion, there are clear control arrangements in place to ensure that the licensee is in day-to-day control of operations on the site, and that there are sufficient SQEP personnel to ensure that these activities can be supervised effectively.

DRDL’s arrangements were judged to be in compliance with current government guidance in relation to working safely during COVID-19 in factories, plants and warehouses. The arrangements were judged to be effectively implemented.

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall I judged that the licensee’s arrangements for LC 26 are adequate and have been appropriately implemented.  On the basis of evidence obtained during the intervention I have given an inspection rating of green for LC26 (control and supervision of operations).

In relation to COVID19 social distancing and other health protection measures, I judged that the licensee’s arrangements are adequate, in full compliance with government advice and guidance and have been effectively implemented.