Specialist Inspector – Explosives (Band 3/SEO)

Our Explosives Safety specialists ensure employers across Great Britain – a whole range of essential industries with thousands of workers – to work safely. In this role, you can utilise your considerable technical knowledge and practical experience to influence not only individual employers but whole industry sectors.

A career with HSE gives you a rare opportunity to visit and interact with different and diverse employers and work activities, one day you could be engaging with a large multi-national munitions manufacturer and the next a small fireworks store.

You’ll work alongside other HSE technical and regulatory specialists to ensure work activities are operating within the legislative framework by various regulatory interventions including inspecting, investigating and providing advice.

Your work will make the most of your experience – whether that’s inspecting an explosive processing plant, helping an employer understand the right controls to have in place, or contributing to the development of industry standards and guidelines. The balance of an individual’s key responsibilities will depend on their role within the Unit. As you can see this role will broaden your knowledge and your professional credibility like no other role can.

Key responsibilities include;

  • Inspecting a variety of workplaces, either on your own or with a specialist team, to make sure that risks are managed appropriately, deciding whether conditions meet minimum legal requirements and relevant good practice, driving improvements and gaining commitment to align with the law.
  • Forensically analysing explosives safety related concerns, accidents and reportable incidents to identify the root cause and where necessary, calling in other specialist support and taking legal action to prevent a recurrence;
  • Undertaking permissioning activities on the licensing of explosives storage and manufacturing sites and on the classification of explosives for transport;
  • Contributing as a member of the Explosives Safety Unit to promote Health and Safety improvements to national and international standards at various fora, and at relevant conferences.

Given that HSE regulates sites across the whole of GB you will be expected to spend periods working away from home, typically 2 to 3 days every fortnight. HSE is flexible on how this expectation is delivered and recognises individuals’ personal commitments.

Person specification

You must be able to demonstrate:

Essential Skills & Criteria;

  • A breadth of knowledge and practical experience of the facilities used for the manufacture, storage and/or handling of explosives and associated energetic materials including experience of controlling explosives risks;
  • Practical understanding of applying the principles of explosives testing, including knowledge and experience of explosives properties and behaviours;
  • A practical understanding of explosives safety, chemistry or engineering and including knowledge of explosive ignition mechanisms;
  • Good communication skills
  • Good analytical and planning skills

To apply for this job please visit www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk.