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April 11, 2014

Sellafield wins nine RoSPA awards

Author: Admin - Categories: Safety, sellafield - Tags: ,

Sellafield Ltd has won NINE prestigious Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) gold awards – the best ever performance bySellafield img_process a nuclear operator.

The awards were won by a range of different projects at Europe’s largest and most complex nuclear site, demonstrating the positive and proactive approach to safety across disciplines from nuclear waste management to infrastructure and major construction projects.

Sellafield Ltd’s Chief Officer for Environment, Health, Safety and Quality, Steve Long, said: “These awards are recognition of the fact that our safety standards are very high.

“The last two years have been the safest ever at Sellafield, in terms of conventional safety, and this past 12 months has seen our best ever radiological safety performance. We know that we have to strive for continuous improvement, always seeking opportunities to push us further, if we stand still we fall behind.

“When people think of Sellafield they probably think about decommissioning and knocking things down. But we are managing one of the biggest construction sites in the country and the radiological aspect of the nuclear waste that is stored here is an added complication. That we can achieve such high safety standards in such challenging circumstances is testament to the hard work and dedication of the workforce, and shows how seriously we take our responsibility to manage the clean-up of the UK’s nuclear legacy at Sellafield safely and securely.

“We have won RoSPA awards before – we’ve won gold awards before – but to win nine in the same year is unprecedented.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage the raising of occupational health and safety standards across the board. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Sellafield Ltd, contribute to a collective raising of the bar for other organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our congratulations.”

As the UK’s family safety charity, RoSPA’s mission is to save lives and reduce injuries covers all ages and stages of life. In support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work.

Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Simon McCrae, Head of Conventional Safety, Sellafield Ltd added: “I am delighted with this recognition of our commitment and focus on all aspects of safety across our business. Safe, secure, site stewardship is a mantra held closely by workers at all levels. Winning these awards is an acknowledgment that we’re doing the right things and delivering occupational safety excellence.”

Kliss McNeel of Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), the parent body organisation for Sellafield Ltd, is the former Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Quality for Sellafield Ltd. She spoke of her delight at the ROSPA success: “This fantastic achievement by Sellafield Ltd is absolute testament to the priority being placed on safety at Europe’s most complex and challenging nuclear site.

“NMP is extremely proud of the Sellafield Ltd management, its dedicated workforce and its sub-contractors who have all worked with intent to embed our new safety initiatives and achieve the site’s best ever two years of safety performance. 

“This host of awards is just recognition for the steps being taken by everyone at Sellafield Ltd to achieve the highest levels of safety possible for the 11,000 people who work there. This best ever RoSPA performance by a nuclear operator also recognises the achievements being made to safely reduce the hazard and risk of the nuclear legacy waste that is stored at Sellafield.”

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London during a ceremony at ExCeL London on June 17 to the following groups:

Sellafield Ltd

Sellafield Ltd Environment, Health, Safety and Quality (EHS&Q)

Sellafield Ltd Technical and Engineering

Sellafield Ltd Major Projects Group

Sellafield Ltd Infrastructure

Sellafield Ltd Site Remediation and Decommissioning Project

Sellafield Ltd Pile Fuel Storage Pond

Sellafield Ltd Spent Fuel Management

Sellafield Ltd Waste and Effluent Disposition

 See http://www.rospa.com/awards for more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

 

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April 4, 2014

ONR becomes Public Corporation

Author: Admin - Categories: nuclear future, ONR, Uncategorized

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is established today as a Public Corporation, under the Energy Act 2013. This is a significant milestone in its journey to become a modern, responsive, independent regulator.

This change in status puts the UK independent regulator in a stronger position to fulfil its mission to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry, holding it to account on behalf of the public. It comes on the same day that ONR publishes its new Enforcement Policy Statement and Annual Plan for the year ahead, outlining the key priorities for the organisation.

Chief Executive Officer John Jenkins said:

“I am delighted that we have completed this transformation. It will make us stronger and ready to face a future where the nuclear industry is a key part of the UK’s energy mix. ONR is a first class regulator, and we recognise the scale and task ahead of us. Our change in status will provide us with the financial and operational flexibility we need to react quickly to changes in the nuclear industry, and attract and retain a nuclear-skilled workforce.”

ONR will retain the independent powers necessary to regulate the nuclear industry, but there will be a more consistent and predictable approach to regulation, and an expectation of continued commitment from industry to strong and visible regulation. The establishment of ONR as a Public Corporation provides the regulator with a stronger identity, which will help to increase public awareness of its role and responsibilities.

Dr Andy Hall, Chief Nuclear Inspector added:

“Our role as a regulator is critically important in ensuring that when it comes to issues of nuclear safety and security, we hold the industry to account. We are committed to publicly demonstrating how the decisions that we make are based on sound evidence and subject to proper scrutiny, which will ensure that we maintain confidence in the way that the industry is run.”

Department for Work and Pensions Minister of State for Disabled People, Rt. Hon. Mike Penning MP said:

“The establishment of ONR is a massive step forward in ensuring that the UK has a world class regulator and provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate that the UK is still at the forefront of the nuclear industry in providing energy for our future generations in a safe and effective manner.”

Baroness Verma of Leicester, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change added:

“Nuclear power provides high quantities of low carbon electricity and is therefore an important part of our overall energy mix, alongside renewables, clean coal and gas. We are already seeing the beginnings of a nuclear renaissance in the UK, which is good for the UK economy and employment and will provide secure supplies and affordable electricity. The Office for Nuclear Regulation plays a key role in ensuring that civil nuclear is managed safely and securely and the changes we have introduced through the Energy Act will ensure that ONR has the flexibility it needs to respond to a developing and growing nuclear industry.”

To support its new position, ONR has launched a new website today, carrying the new ONR brand, where it openly publishes details of its decisions relating to the sites that it regulates, including enforcement actions and corporate publications.

 

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March 21, 2014

Safety at Dounreay recognised by international award

Author: Admin - Categories: Dounreay, Safety, Uncategorized

The British Safety Council has announced the winners of its International Safety Awards for 2014, given toBritish Safety CouncilBritish Safety CouncilBritish Safety Council organisations in recognition of their proven commitment to workplace health and safety.

DSRL is one of 46 worldwide to receive the award “with distinction” – the highest rating.

The International Safety Awards scheme, now in its 56th year, is open to UK and international organisations of all sizes across all industries and seeks to promote high standards of health and safety management practice in order to prevent workplace injury and ill health.

Award winning companies have demonstrated to the judges their commitment and determination to prevent workplace injuries and work-related ill health.

The winning organisations span all sectors from the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the West Indies.

This long-established award has this year been won by over 500 organisations.

DSRL Assurance Director Alan Scullion said that the health and safety of the workforce was non-negotiable.

“We are determined to ensure that everyone goes home safely at the end of the day,” he said.

“Winning an award from the British Safety Council is a huge encouragement to us to continue rooting out practices and behaviours that put the safety of people and the environment at risk.”

Alex Botha, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated DSRL on its success: “On behalf of the Trustees and staff of the British Safety Council we warmly congratulate DSRL and its employees on gaining an International Safety Award with distinction.

“All of those working at Dounreay have made this award possible which recognises their dedication and commitment in preventing injury and ill health in the workplace. It was also apparent that applicants recognise that getting health and safety right is a business enabler.

“The success criteria for our International Safety Awards is challenging and that rightly reflects the importance of ensuring the risks of injury and ill health in the workplace are properly controlled. Awards have an important part to play in driving improvements in health and safety management year on year.”

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Sellafield Ltd employee leads the way for female engineers

Author: Admin - Categories: sellafield, Training - Tags: ,

Kirsty Donovan, a Process Engineer from Sellafield Ltd, recently took the opportunity to inspire 60Sellafield - Kirsty Donovan female students interested in engineering at the University of Chester’s International Women’s Day conference.

During her presentation Kirsty gave an insight into a typical day as an engineer in the nuclear industry and held an interactive quiz about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.

Kirsty said: “I wanted to talk about the variety of career paths and the demand for people, especially girls, with STEM qualifications and the contribution they could make towards many of the big challenges facing the UK today.“

Since joining the company in 2010 on the Sellafield Ltd Graduate Scheme, Kirsty has taken on a STEM ambassador role to encourage the next generation to study STEM subjects and engineering at A-level and university.

She explained why it’s important to motivate girls in STEM: “I don’t feel that there are enough girls studying and working in STEM subjects.

“We need to break down the stereotype of STEM subjects being for boys from a young age and show girls that if they have a passion for STEM, they shouldn’t be put off from studying it in school and university because they are in the minority.”

As well as organising numerous work experience visits and educational events, Kirsty supports Sellafield Ltd’s annual involvement in the UK’s biggest science event – the Big Bang Fair.

This year a number of female Sellafield Ltd STEM ambassadors were invited to talk with Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, at the Big Bang Fair following his plea to see more women in engineering.

He was pleased to hear one in four Sellafield Ltd apprentices are female and more than 364 STEM ambassadors within the company are working in the local community to break down gender stereotypes whilst promoting STEM subjects.

Kirsty also praised the opportunities available at Sellafield Ltd: “There are a wide range of opportunities available for both males and females, but only if you work hard for them.

“A career in STEM is not easy, things are not handed to you on a plate, but it is both rewarding and challenging.”

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March 14, 2014

Sellafield delivers 5m hours safety success for decommissioning

Author: Admin - Categories: decommissioning, Safety, sellafield - Tags:

The team in charge of cleaning up the Sellafield site has broken a huge safety record, and local charities are set toSellafield Decom-5m-Hours-Safe- reap the benefits

Sellafield Ltd’s Decommissioning Division has safely worked five million man hours without a Lost Time Accident (LTA).

This record breaking achievement is a first for any of the individual directorates at Sellafield since records began and is all the more significant when you look at the range of Decommissioning work being carried out.

Euan Hutton, Divisional Head of EHS&Q Decommissioning said: “This is quite a remarkable achievement when you consider that across the division, we design facilities, we construct them, we operate them, we maintain them, we commission equipment and facilities, we decommission them and ultimately we demolish them.  So the hazards that present themselves to us each and every day are vast

“There are more than two thousand people employed in decommissioning and this safety record is testament to all their efforts.”

Head of Decommissioning Safety Mark Sarrington said: “To recognise the 5 million man hours safely worked in Decommissioning, we’ve asked safety representatives in each of the 5 main programme areas to nominate 5 local charities to donate a total of £5k to good causes which support our local community.”

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March 7, 2014

Sellafield Ltd celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2014

Author: Admin - Categories: sellafield, Training - Tags: , , ,

Sellafield Ltd apprentices have been celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by showcasing the trainingSellafield apprentice-610x400 opportunities on offer to young people in West Cumbria.

Sellafield Ltd offers apprenticeships in a host of disciplines including engineering, electrical, mechanical and business administration, and for the first time this year, has new programs for project management and heath physics.

As the pace of clean up at the site – which will take over 100 years – is accelerated, the demand for talent is ever increasing, with 121 new apprentices joining the company in the last year and over 400 currently in training. Over 25 per cent of those are female – more than double the national average.

Sellafield Ltd’s Managing Director Tony Price said: “Last year we took on a record number of apprentices, and we’ll possibly break that again this year. In fact, since Nuclear Management Partners won the contract to become our Parent Body Organisation in 2008, the intake has doubled.

“We’ve introduced new schemes as we look to shape the workforce to meet our future challenges, so we have modern pioneers tackling the challenge of cleaning up the UK’s nuclear legacy.

Having recruited a record of 121 apprentices in 2013, Sellafield Ltd has received national recognition and various awards for the quality of their apprenticeship programme. The company was recognised in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list by the National Apprenticeship Service, and complimented by Nick Clegg for going the extra mile to provide young people with high-quality training opportunities.

Steve Bewsher, head of apprentice training for Sellafield Ltd said; “I am pleased that there now seems to be more of a balance between those choosing apprenticeships and those going to university. Apprenticeships are becoming more valued again and I certainly think they make up a vital part of the Sellafield Ltd workforce.”

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February 28, 2014

Building link severed for Dungeness A

Author: Admin - Categories: decommissioning, Dungeness, NDA

Demolition work at Dungeness A stepped up a gear recently when the link between the two iconic reactor buildingsDungeness A - Feb14 and the site’s conventional plant was removed.

The second of the site’s two link bridges, which were essential during the site’s 40 years of electricity generation, have been taken down isolating the turbine hall and surrounding buildings ready for demolition.

Specialist contractor Erith removed each bridge in three sections, each weighing around seven tonnes. The first was completed in December 2013 and, following a short delay because of weather conditions, the second bridge was removed last weekend.

Dungeness A Site Director, Paul Wilkinson, said: “This is a symbolic moment for everyone in Magnox. The reactor buildings were at the heart of our operation for decades. But with all fuel now removed from the site, and with it more than 99 per cent of the radiological hazard, our current focus is to safely progress demolition of the turbine hall and surrounding conventional buildings.”

The work is part of a £12.8 million project to clear the south side of the site within a three-year period, rather than 15 years as was originally planned. Speaking when the funding was announced in 2012, David Batters, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Chief Finance Officer, said: “The accelerated demolition work will deliver significant major savings in the long term, while demonstrating visible progress in decommissioning the site.”

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February 11, 2014

Wylfa given consent to decommission by ONR

Author: Admin - Categories: decommissioning, Magnox, Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR), Wylfa - Tags:

Following an application by the licensee, Magnox Limited, ONR has now granted consent for a project toWylfa decommission Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey. Under the Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations 1999 (EIADR), ONR grants consent to projects to decommission nuclear power stations and nuclear reactors.  Wylfa submitted an application for consent to decommission early last year.

ONR’s decision follows extensive consultation and takes into account factors such as the adequacy of information provided by Magnox Limited, the conclusion that environmental benefits will far outweigh any detriments and the prediction there will be no significant effects on other countries.

ONR has published a report describing the reasons and considerations behind its decision, the conditions attached to the consent and the measures Magnox Limited will take to control any significant environmental effects. It also provides information on the legal framework for nuclear safety, in particular the regulations under which the consent was granted.

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February 7, 2014

Sellafield Ltd decommissioning team pass safety record

Author: Admin - Categories: decommissioning, Safety, sellafield

Since reaching three million safe hours in 2013, the Sellafield Ltd decommissioning team have continued to uphold Sellafield safetytheir impressive safety record by surpassing 4.5 million man hours worked without a Lost Time Accident (LTA).

There are more than 2,000 employees and contractors employed in West Cumbria carrying out decommissioning work on the Sellafield site. In the last year they’ve demolished buildings, stripped out plants, retrieved wastes, installed new kit, operated and maintained many facilities and made progress on decommissioning high priority facilities, all whilst staying committed to delivering a strong nuclear safety culture.

Head of decommissioning safety Mark Sarrington said: “On the 31st January 2014 it was exactly one year on since the last day’s away case, which for a division with more than 2,000 people and the variety of work taking place is a significant achievement.

“There are a few things that have contributed to our safety record including having Manager in Field Programmes to reinforce the standards for safe working. We have been encouraging managers and team leaders to talk to their teams about safety and explain the importance of their safety to them and to try and remove barriers to safe working. 

“We’ve also had nearly 1,200 people attend MoveSMART training, an occupational injury prevention programme that has helped improve employee’s posture and balance. Also, potential accidents or near misses are promptly followed up by line managers, who visit the scene, investigate and offer help to those involved.”  

Jack DeVine, Sellafield Ltd Chief Decommissioning Officer said: “Achieving one year without an LTA is an enormous accomplishment that has never been done before. 

“The fundamental idea that everyone who comes to work goes home as healthy as they came to work is something that we all strive for and to be able to do that in this environment, with the type of challenges we face day in and day out just speaks for itself. 

“However, we’ve still got a big clean-up job to do and we must not take our eye off the ball.”

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February 3, 2014

Government announces £31m injection for new nuclear technology

Author: Admin - Categories: decc, decommissioning, NDA, New Build - Tags: ,

The nuclear industry has received a boost as Business Secretary Vince Cable announced major new fundingatom2 awards that will enhance the supply chain and increase opportunities to commercialise new technologies in the sector.

The funding will support 36 projects across the UK in developing new technologies for the construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants. This will bring together over 60 experienced organisations including Laing O’Rourke, Sheffield Forgemasters and EDF. They will work alongside innovative small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and universities.

The £18 million joint funding between the Technology Strategy Board, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is expected to leverage in an additional £13 million making the total value of the projects £31 million.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

“There are huge global opportunities that the UK is well placed to take advantage of in the nuclear industry. Our strong research base will help develop exciting new technologies that can be commercialised here and then exported across the globe.”

The Technology Strategy Board is playing a vital role in helping UK businesses realise their potential and compete on a bigger scale. There are many innovative SMEs across the nuclear sector and this joint funding reinforces the government’s commitment to a nuclear strategy that will create jobs and growth.

The announcement has been made alongside the publication of the government’s nuclear industrial strategy, which sets out the objectives to develop a strong and sustainable nuclear industry in the UK.

Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board Iain Gray said:

“Delivering a new fleet of nuclear power stations to help meet the country’s energy needs involves a number of highly-sophisticated and leading edge technologies. The support announced today will help to develop capabilities in this country. That is good news for the economy because it will help us build a world-leading technology base that can provide solutions around the world as well as here in the UK”.

One of the projects to receive major investment is a consortium lead by Bristol-based OC Robotics which have received almost £6 million in funding.

The company is developing a new technology called LaserSnake. It is a robot- controlled laser cutting tool that can be used underwater or above ground in confined and hazardous spaces. It could play a key role in nuclear decommissioning projects to dismantle vessels, support structures and pipe work.

The new funding will help OC Robotics to develop the technology to a full demonstration project which could lead to the UK being a world leader in this technology. The technology also has the potential to be used across other sectors including the military and construction industries.

Dr Adrian Simper, the NDA’s Strategy and Technology Director, said:

“We were extremely pleased with the level of interest in decommissioning projects from both established organisations and smaller, newer businesses. Our decommissioning strategy focuses very much on developing innovative technologies through collaborative working, while joint funding initiatives such as this increase the investment potential and provide much broader opportunities for interested partners.”

We also welcome the comprehensive nature of the subject areas, covering new build as well as decommissioning, which will enable the sharing and transfer of technologies between the different nuclear sectors.

By 2030 it is forecast that globally there will be £930 billion investment in building new reactors and £250 billion in decommissioning those that are coming off-line. The nuclear new build programme in the UK alone could generate up to 40,000 jobs at its peak. The nuclear industrial strategy sets out the basis for a long-term partnership between government and industry to exploit those opportunities.

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