Radiation alert at Sellafield: Essential staff only to report for work
Last updated at 08:47, Friday, 31 January 2014
The Sellafield nuclear site has been shut to day workers, with only essential staff told to report for duty.
The firm says it is in response to an "operational condition" and the decision to suspend day operations was taken with the safety and the security of the workforce as a priority.
The company is stressing that there is no risk to the public or workforce.
There are traffic problems reported near the site this morning as non-essential staff return home.
It is not clear what has prompted the closure although the firm says a monitor has detected elevated levels of radiation at the north end of the site.
A company statement says: "In response to an operational condition on the Sellafield site a conservative and prudent decision has been taken, to operate the site at reduced manning levels, commensurate with safe operations."
And it adds: "Levels of radioactivity detected are above naturally occurring radiation but well below that which would call for any actions to be taken by the workforce on or off the site.
"The site is at normal status and employees and operational plants are continuing to operate as investigations continue. All our facilities have positively confirmed there are no abnormal conditions and are operating normally."
The site will continue to operate on shift manning levels. All day personnel, including contractors, and five and seven day double day workers, are asked to remain at home unless asked to attend.
All five cycle, 12 hour continuous shift, laundry, canteen, utilities and transport personnel should attend as normal.
Employees at Westlakes, the Vertex Centre and other sites across West Cumbria are not affected.
Staff have been told to contact their line manager - not the site shift manager - if they have any queries.
First published at 08:37, Friday, 31 January 2014
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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