A critical safety case report – allowing UKAEA’s Materials Research Facility (MRF) to operate at full capacity – has been successfully completed.
The Pre-Operation Safety Report (or POSR 2.0) means MRF can now receive and process irradiated samples at levels that are sufficient to study the properties of fusion and fission materials. The report was endorsed earlier this year by UKAEA’s Site Safety Working Party (SSWP) and authorised by COO Lyanne Maclean.
UKAEA’s Safety Case Engineering Group (SCEG) produce safety cases, which represent a collection of arguments and evidence to ensure hazards are identified, assessed and controlled, and that risks are reduced to what is known As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). POSR is a staged safety case giving a facility or activity the authority to operate. The work by SCEG was subject to rigorous quality assurance, independent peer review and scrutiny by internal and external expert SSWP members.
David Perry, SCEG Leader, said: “This is a great result for the safety case team supporting the MRF project! The close working relationship between the safety case engineering group and MRF facility has enabled the delivery of this project to time and quality and supports an important step in MRFs journey to operations at full capacity.”
Monica Jong, MRF Head of Operations, added: “The MRF thanks the Safety Case Engineering Group for their support in this phased process which allowed us to remain operational at all times.”