Safety is Our Top Priority

Nothing is more important to LLWR than safety, and this is reflected in our safety record.

LLWR has shown a commitment to consistently improve its approach to safety management and learn from Best Practice, inside and outside the nuclear sector.

A key part of having the right culture is in place, is ensuring that any events or near misses are reported, so there is no recurrence. An effective Learning from Experience (LFE) process is in operation which provides feedback to our workforce on local, national and international incidents that might be relevant to our operations.

LLWR staff receiving the President’s Award
LLWR staff receiving the President’s Award

In 2015 LLWR qualified for a President’s Award at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards. Organisations are eligible for President’s Awards after achieving Gold Awards over 10 consecutive years.

Gold Awards recognise LLWR’s overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce commitment.

LLWR marked four years, or around 2 million man hours, without a Lost Time Accident (LTA) in September, 2015.

An LTA is defined as an accident when an injured person is absent from work for more than three days as a result of a work-related injury.

Radiological Safety

LLWR controls exposure to ionising radiation in accordance with national legislation, in order to ensure that exposures as a result of our operations are kept as low as reasonably practicable.

Engineered control measures (such as containment, ventilation and shielding), systems of work and personal protective equipment are used to control radiation exposure.

Suitably Qualified and Experienced Health Physics Monitors conduct surveys to measure radiation and radioactive contamination levels during operations on the LLWR site, and also carry out a programme of routine surveys on the site, to check that the control measures put in place by LLWR are working effectively.

All personnel who carry out work with ionising radiation receive information, instruction and training in radiation safety on the LLWR site.  They are assessed by a competent person before being authorised to access radiologically controlled areas.  Workers and visitors without the required level of training are escorted in radiologically controlled areas.

Exposures for personnel who carry out work with ionising radiation are individually assessed and monitored.  In the 4 years up to the end of 2015, no individual working on the site received an annual occupational exposure greater than 1 mSv.  This compares with the United Kingdom average annual dose due to background radiation of around 2.2 mSv.

Off-site exposures to members of the public as a result of direct radiation from the LLWR site are monitored by undertaking dose rate measurements around the perimeter of the site.  In the 8 years up to the end of 2015, the highest estimated annual dose to a member of the public as a result of direct radiation from the LLWR site was less than one-twentieth of the relevant dose limit.

Quality is Assured

Quality in its broadest sense underpins all activities at LLWR. We have well-established, integrated management arrangements that support all aspects of the business.

The Management System of LLWR has been certified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance to the following International Quality, Environmental and Safety Management System Standards: ISO 9001: 2008; ISO 14001, 2004; and OHSAS 18001:2007.

The scope of this approval is applicable to: Management of the UK National Waste Programme for LLW, delivery of a suite of integrated waste management services and operation and management of the National Disposal Facility.

Security

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Security is of paramount importance in our industry as any lapses could have drastic consequences, not only for LLWR but for the wider nuclear sector and UK infrastructure as a whole.

With consequences such as loss of business, financial and reputational damage in mind LLWR is committed to following the tenets outlined in our Security Standard:

“Always protect sensitive information, nuclear materials and other assets from theft, sabotage and other malicious acts including cyber-attack.”

Leaders at all levels promote a positive security culture and drive compliance throughout the organisation.

Organisational processes are in place to continuously monitor the external security risk levels and ensure LLWR’s administrative, physical and cyber security controls are robust against the current risk.

Security responsibilities are clearly communicated to all employees, including robust arrangements for handling of information both internally and externally, and measures are in place to measure the effectiveness of security controls and take corrective actions as required.

Cyber security is a growing area of potential threat and LLWR is ever vigilant in order to mitigate the risks.

Threat reduction is carried out using physical, technical and administrative controls. LLWR operates a ‘defence in depth and diversity’ strategy reducing overall cyber risk to the business.

Threats can come in various guises, such as phishing, which is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies, containing links to malicious websites which appear at first glance to be legitimate, but is in fact malicious. Information is harvested when an unsuspecting user logs in.

Malware is software which has been intentionally designed to damage or disrupt computer systems, then there’s social engineering  – the art of manipulating people into providing information, either through means such as email,  instant messaging or through telephone calls.