Health & Safety Executive


Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff or Leeds preferred

Health & Safety Executive


£50,394 - £54,935

Posted by on June 23, 2021.


About HSE

Monitoring the safety of England’s workplaces, The Health and Safety Executive holds a vital remit. We maintain a close eye on the standards of all working environments, seeing to it that employers are protecting the wellbeing of their employees. We campaign for better health and safety practises across every industry, we review regulations across all sectors and we deliver the type of research that ultimately leads to better futures for the nation’s employees. As an independent regulatory authority, we are tasked with preventing illness, injury and death, and our regular assessments into the quality of the UK’s workplaces mean that avoidable accidents do not occur.

The team you will be joining

As a member of the Chemical Explosives & Microbiological Hazards Division (CEMHD), you will influence entire industry sectors. Our team works with businesses of all sizes. From large multinational munitions manufacturers and explosive processing plants through to small fireworks stores, we ensure all organisations are meeting the expected standards, and that they are working within the legislative framework.

The Role

As an Explosives Specialist Inspector, you will inspect, investigate and provide advice to a broad range of businesses. Working collaboratively with other HSE technical and regulatory specialists, you will see to it that risks are being managed appropriately, and that explosives are being stored and transported safely. Where improvements could be made you will offer specialist advice, and you will raise safety-related concerns. From investigating accidents and reportable incidents through to acting as a witness at tribunals, inquests and prosecutions, this is a highly varied role. While your challenges will vary widely, you can expect to provide explosion-effects advice, and you will deliver guidance on the measures that need to be taken in order to mitigate risk.

This is an exciting opportunity to enhance your professional reputation as you will be working with other governments departments, professional bodies and trade associations. Your knowledge relating to good practice will drive improvements across the sector, so there is real scope to make a tangible impact on the safety of not only employees, but the wider public too.

Who we’re looking for

With a degree or equivalent in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a similar related subject such as Chemical Engineering, you will ideally hold Chartered Membership or Fellowship of a relevant professional institution. On a practical level you will have an exceptional knowledge of the manufacturer and storage of explosives and other energetic materials, and you will have a good understanding of controlling explosive risks. You will also have a comprehensive
awareness of the design and assessment of blast resistant structures, including an understanding of blast modelling. A full driving licence would be a benefit, and you will be a team player who has strong analytical and communication skills.

Our work impacts on the safety thousands of people, so it is vital that our people have cutting-edge knowledge. As such, you will be enrolled on the Specialist Training Programme (STP) where you will be required to study for and successfully complete a legal assessment.

With the flexibility to work away from home (for two to three days every fortnight), you will be a collaborative team player who is willing to travel to sites across the UK.

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Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bootle, Bristol, Cardiff or Leeds preferred. Other locations will be considered for exceptional candidates.