The UK Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) has confirmed that BNFL has satisfactorily closed out the recommendations of a report on the control and supervision of operations at Sellafield, published in February 2000.
In response to the report, which contained 28 recommendations, Sellafield management developed a three-year plan
containing 41 key objectives. A project team was established to lead the implementation, and ensure that best practices identified in some areas of operations were spread across the whole site.
Key achievements include:
• The creation of a single
safety management system at Sellafield, with roles
and responsibilities clearly
• Creating the post of director
Sellafield site, with full accountability for safety and operations across the site.
• Major changes to the BNFL organisation from board level down, which refreshed and strengthened the organisation at all levels and provided clear lines of accountability.
• Implementation of robust independent audit and review arrangements, through the use of external groups, and the establishment of corporate independent inspectors and independent compliance advisors.
• Focused training to enhance behavioural skills and
attitudes through implementation of clear standards and expectations.
BNFL chief executive Norman Askew said: "We have now successfully made the transformation we promised to all our stakeholders."