This consultative document is issued in accordance with the beliefs of the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive that greater openness with health and safety information improves public understanding of, and helps strengthen confidence in, the health and safety system.
HSE receives requests from time-to-time to delicense parts of, or entire sites licensed under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965. The Act requires that before allowing all or part of a site to be delicensed, HSE must be satisfied that "there has ceased to be any danger from ionising radiations from anything on the site or, as the case may be, on that part thereof".
With an expected increase in requests for delicensing, HSE considers that the publication of a policy statement setting out its criteria for delicensing and interpretation of 'no danger' is timely, and will help make regulatory decision making more transparent.
We have already discussed these proposals with key stakeholders during the process of drafting the policy statement and believe there is broad acceptance of them.