Office for Nuclear Regulation

Site intervention to check compliance with the Fire Safety Order 2005

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a planned intervention at Dungeness A Decommissioning Site, undertaken as part of the intervention strategy for Decommissioning Fuel and Waste Sub-Division.

It was aimed at the Licensee to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure the safety of people from the danger of fire.

Interventions carried out by ONR

The intervention was completed remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions. ONR could not therefore directly inspect the implementation of fire safety management procedures or assess directly the effectiveness of the activities being undertaken on the site or independently confirm actual compliance with company processes.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not judged to be Adequate

Not Applicable

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

Work to maintain fire safety management standards because of Covid-19 precautions have been developed and introduced at site since April 2020.

A series of questions were sent to the Head of Safety in advance of the intervention. Satisfactory responses to the questions were received.

As a result of this intervention I did not identify any significant departures from compliance that will require a follow up as part of regulatory interactions. No matters were identified as requiring immediate regulatory attention during the engagement.

The outcome of the discussions from this remote intervention suggest that the site has a healthy appreciation of fire safety risks and continue to apply adequate control measures to reduce the risk to life from fire.

Overall, I judged that the standard of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to be adequate. I believe senior managers have identified the risk from fire at Dungeness A. They understand the importance of the Fire Safety Coordinator’s role and the challenges that exist.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded that the sampled areas of fire safety arrangements, within the limitations of remote intervention, are compliant with the legislation.