Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Quality
Our primary goal is to protect people and the environment. We work hard to minimise the environmental impact of our operations across all areas of on-site activity. We engage with our stakeholders and seek the widest possible approval of how we manage our environmental responsibilities by recognising and addressing the concerns that people have.
Achieving world-class performance
Magnox believes that the protection of the environment and the health and safety of our workforce, contractors and the public are fundamental to our business. Excellence in environment, health (including welfare) and safety (EH&S) is an integral part of our business and is essential to our commercial success.
The Magnox Limited EH&S policy is, by seeking continuous improvement, to achieve and maintain excellence in EHSSQ and operational performance.
We aim to continually improve our EHSS&Q performance by:
- Eliminating accidents and incidents
- Minimising waste and the use of natural resources
- Ensuring that all wastes are managed safely and with care for the environment
- Sharing and using best practice
- Meeting or exceeding current standards of environment, health and safety performance
In the UK we are governed by authorisations laid down by the Environment Agency (EA) in England and Wales or by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland. We monitor compliance with these authorisations internally and externally by the Environment Agencies themselves.
In parallel, we apply the principles of Environmental Impact Assessments, Best Practicable Environmental Option, Best Available Techniques Not Entailing Excessive Cost and Best Practicable Means to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment. Also, our sites in the UK have environmental management systems that are independently certified to the international ISO 14001 standard. And a number of our reactor sites have been assessed using the international environmental rating system IERS, run by Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
A Quality Business
We have built a business which:
- understands and meets its customer's requirements
- uses common processes to deliver products and services in an efficient and effective manner
- makes full use of electronic systems to support the business processes
- recognises the value of people and the importance of team-working to achieve its business goals
- understands the value of knowledge-sharing and innovation
- embraces the need to continuously improve and strive for excellence
Security and Safeguards
Magnox Limited's Policy states: ‘Magnox Limited believes that its effective management of nuclear security and safeguards issues at operational, regulatory and international level is central to business success.’
As a matter of policy, the company routinely complies with international recommendations and national regulations at all times. As a principal site operator, it is legally responsible for implementing a substantial proportion of the security guidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as enacted under UK legislation – The Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003.
In the changing world in which we live, security is rightly at the forefront of people’s minds, particularly when it comes to nuclear facilities. Across all the sites managed and operated by Magnox Limited, we provide an effective security service, ensuring all regulatory and corporate requirements are met in the most efficient manner and that the security of the sites and their assets is maintained.
We have complex security systems for controlling access and detecting intruders; these systems are operated by security personnel, fully trained to national standards. At some of our sites, units of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary provide an immediate armed response capability in the event of a terrorist incident.
The UK Government Counter-Terrorist Response Levels system is adopted throughout the UK Civil Nuclear industry. The system ensures that consistent baseline security measures are applied at all sites and describes the incremental measures to be taken should the threat of terrorism increase or decline. The Response Level to be applied is in direct reaction to the perceived current threat level and is described in the following categories:
Routine protective security measures appropriate to the business concerned.
Additional and sustainable protective security measures reflecting the broad nature of the threat combined with specific business and geographical vulnerabilities and judgements on acceptable risk.
Maximum protective security measures to meet specific threats and to minimise vulnerability and risk.
We are obligated by European and National legislation to effectively manage the nuclear materials that we hold on our sites.
Nuclear materials accountancy systems are in place at sites to which manage the operating records on the quantities, category, form and composition of the nuclear material we use.