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 Hinkley Point B 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.

Interventions carried out by ONR

This intervention was a planned remote Compliance Inspection undertaken against the life safety requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The intervention was completed remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions. ONR could not therefore directly inspect the implementation of fire safety management procedures or directly assess 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.

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 is adequate. I believe that those responsible have identified the risk from fire at Hinkley Point B at an appropriate level.

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.

Conclusion of Intervention

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

I have rated the outcome of this inspection as GREEN.