HM Specialist Inspector – Major Hazards Risk Assessment

We have an exciting opportunity for a HM Specialist Inspector to join our team.

The Major Hazards Risk Assessment Unit (MHRAU) within CEMHD is responsible for contributing to the regulation of onshore major hazard sites, with a focus on assessing major hazard risks. Working with other parts of Government, including Scotland and Wales, we deliver statutory advice on development around existing major hazard installations and major accident hazard pipelines to local authorities, duty holders, developers and the public at large.  MHRAU also provides statutory advice on plans to develop new businesses holding significant quantities of flammable or toxic substances. Maintaining public safety assurance in the land use planning system in relation to major hazards is central to the activities of the unit. Our advice helps to prevent major accidents, and if they were to occur to mitigate the consequences. The Unit undertakes these statutory activities on over 3000 major hazard onshore installations (including pipelines) under the following provisions:

  • Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 2015 (COMAH).
  • The Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2015 (Hazardous Substance Consent, HSC).
  • The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.
  • The Pipelines Safety Regulations 1996.

Job description

From day one, you will be supported by your manager and colleagues to understand your role in HSE, in addition to supporting your continuing professional development. As this is a Specialist Inspector role you will undergo a Specialist Training Programme (STP).  This is a two-year training programme which includes in depth legal training and assessment on occupational health and safety during your probationary period.  You will be required to complete and pass the full programme. There will also be further technical training relating to regulation of major hazards.

Your role will include:

  • Evaluating the technical risk to people associated with onshore major hazard installations.
  • Providing advice on the risks arising from onshore major hazard installations and pipelines to a range of stakeholders, including industry, local planning authorities and other government departments;
  • Represent HSE at LUP appeals and inquiries and at technical gatherings of fellow professionals and other stakeholders;
  • Maintain technical policy topics, related methodologies, hazard assessment or quantified risk assessment tools, and supporting guidance;
  • Commission science and oversee its delivery.

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