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ONR launches enhanced incident reporting guidance

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has launched a new dutyholder portal to streamline the reporting of incidents. This is accompanied by enhanced incident notification guidance reaffirming ONR’s reporting expectations.

The portal allows dutyholders to submit incident notification forms (INF1s) directly into our database and submit relevant documents and follow-up reports (FURs).

It also enables dutyholders to view historical incidents and reports that have been submitted to ONR, as well as generate and export reports, enabling better internal governance.

ONR regulatory teams are working with nominated dutyholder contacts to support phased and proportionate implementation.

The law requires dutyholders to formally notify ONR of incidents in a systematic format, so it can perform its regulatory functions consistently.

This process also allows ONR to collect information, such as Operating Experience (OPEX), to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of regulation and thus the safety and security of the nuclear sector.

The updated incident notification process, and the development of the portal, is designed to coordinate all these activities.

The process for reporting RIDDOR* incidents on a GB nuclear site, a new nuclear build site, an authorised defence site or any other defence nuclear site is currently being reviewed and updated to enable these to be directly reported to ONR. Dutyholders should continue to report RIDDOR incidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Details of the updated process for raising incident notifications and a link to the new portal can be found on the Notify ONR webpage.

* Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013