HM Inspectors of Health and Safety

HSE exists in order to help prevent work-related fatalities, injuries and cases of ill health to those at work and those affected by work activities. HSE does this in its role as the Regulator for enforcing health and safety legislation across major areas of work activities across Great Britain.

All of HM Inspectors of Health and Safety recruited through this campaign will start their career within HSE’s Field Operations Directorate (FOD). This is HSE’s largest operational Directorate, covering many employment sectors including construction, agriculture, general manufacturing, engineering, food and drink, quarries, entertainment, education, health services, local and central government and domestic gas safety.

Successful recruits will join our regulators’ training programme for inspectors. This programme will ensure that you are supported in developing the necessary legal knowledge, technical expertise and ability to enforce the law where you need to and to give appropriate advice.

You will also have access to others with greater and/or different technical expertise and you will be able to call on the support and help of others to assist you, just as you will assist them. The role is hugely varied and rewarding. The variety means that it is never dull. You have an incredible opportunity to make a very positive impact on many people’s working lives.

Job responsibilities

As an inspector you will be involved in a range of activities, notably inspections and investigations. Where appropriate, you will use various legal processes such as Notices and prosecutions to secure health and safety compliance. We operate a cost recovery scheme known as Fee for Intervention (FFI). Whilst you won’t be involved in the collection of the fee, you will need to notify the dutyholder at the time of their inspection and/or investigation if that visit is going to be cost recoverable and why.

Investigations will cover accidents, dangerous occurrences, ill health and complaints. You will have to be prepared to tell people that there is a material breach of the law (you will be given lots of training to help you identify and understand this), what action HSE needs to take as a result and to put this in writing. This will have a financial cost for the dutyholder/s.

You will need to work effectively and efficiently and sometimes outside of normal working hours. You may be carrying out an inspection or investigating an accident, perhaps outdoors, in inclement weather. Not everyone will appreciate what you will be trying to achieve and sometimes it might be a struggle to change attitudes and convince others about what is required.

The investigation of fatalities and serious accidents may mean visiting places where there is evidence of what has happened and, in some instances, the deceased may still be on site. You will work with other agencies such as the Police in such circumstances. At times, you may need to speak with the bereaved families and traumatised and distressed witnesses, as well as anxious and concerned duty holders. You will need to be able to do this in a professional, but empathetic manner, communicating effectively with people at every level in an organisation and in the public arena.

As an inspector, your aim will be to secure improvements through influence and persuasion and, if necessary, you must take formal enforcement action when you discover a risk of serious personal injury or significant breaches of the law. This is in addition to dealing with situations where a material breach has been found. It will be your responsibility to determine when such action (i.e. notices and/or prosecution) may be appropriate and to gather and present appropriate evidence. You therefore need a logical and analytical mind and good organisational skills.

You will be required to conduct cases in the Magistrates’ Court (except in Scotland, where the legal system differs) and you may need to appear as a witness in court or at an Employment Tribunal. Training and support will be given to enable you to effectively manage these situations.

During inspections and investigations, to complete your work effectively you may be required to access various parts of the workplace, including at height. You therefore need to be reasonably fit. You need to be prepared to use a range of personal protective clothing when appropriate. When you are in the office, you will be dealing with the follow-up to investigations and inspections using HSE’s information and recording systems.

It is a demanding job, but enormously worthwhile and you will be given a lot of support, development and training to achieve it.

Regulators’ training programme

Our regulators’ training programme dovetails field-work with classroom-based training in order to best help you develop the essential skills of a regulator.

The first two years focus predominantly on providing you with the legal knowledge that you will need to enable you to inspect, investigate and enforce the law. This is integrated with the foundation of core technical training that will enable you to identify health and safety problems, analyse situations, and judge legal compliance and any corrective action needed.

The regulators’ training programme requires attendance at tutorial classes, usually lasting a whole working week and you will frequently therefore be required to stay away from home during this period.

The third year of the training programme follows the same experiential learning process as the first two. It expands on the technical knowledge of occupational health and safety issues to enable you to competently deal with the multitude of business we regulate.

Throughout the three years of your regulators’ training programme, your development and performance will be assessed against key developmental milestones. Your successful and timely achievement against these milestones will be an essential element in remaining employed by HSE as HM Inspector of Health and Safety. You will be required to pass an assessment centre where you will demonstrate you have learned some legal skills, and to complete two substantial written assignments where you will show practical application of the technical knowledge you have learned. Achievement of the development milestones, including a pass in the required assessments, will make you eligible for promotion to main grade inspector and the third and final year of the training programme

Successful completion of our Regulators’ Training Programme will see you awarded a certificate from the National Examining Body in Occupational Safety and Health at level 7 (post graduate diploma). This qualification is unique to HSE and can only be achieved working as a regulator in HSE.

Attributes required

Whatever your background, you need to be committed to improving health and safety in the workplace.

We are looking for high calibre individuals with:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in any subject. Please note verification of qualifications must be produced at the Assessment Centre in September/October 2014.
  • A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK, unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Strong communication skills, enabling you to collaborate and partner with others as well as to influence change at all levels;
  • Sound analytical skills with the ability to write effective reports and to present complex information, in a clear and concise way for a non-technical, sometimes adversarial, audience;
  • Drive, determination and good planning skills which will enable you to deliver at pace;
  • Initiative and decisiveness, supporting your ability to make effective decisions;
  • Commitment to your learning and development to achieve the Regulators’ Training programme, the ability to proactively manage your own learning needs, continually seeking and acting on feedback to evaluate and improve your own and the organisations performance.

How to apply

To apply for this role, visit the Civil Service online recruitment system, Civil Service Jobs .

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format, or you would like to know more about the recruitment process, please email HSE’s HR Resourcing Team at hr.resourcing.team@hse.gsi.gov.ukheaded Band 4 trainee 2014. Please note, due to the volume of applications expected, telephone calls cannot be taken regarding this vacancy.

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Academics call on HSE safeguards-NEBOSH IGC

Stone dust

Academics call on HSE to tighten silica dust safeguards-NEBOSH IGC

Academics have called on regulators to tighten workplace safeguards against harmful silica dust.

Hundreds of thousands of workers are put at risk and 1,000 could die every year due to exposure to harmful workplace dust, according to a new study from the University of Stirling.

The dust, created during work involving stone, rock, concrete and plaster, can cause a range of illnesses if inhaled.

However the Health and Safety Executive said tighter limits are not practical.

According to Profs Rory O’Neill and Andrew Watterson of the University of Stirling’s Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Research Group (OEHSRG), crystalline silica is second only to asbestos as a cause of occupational cancer deaths.

Exposure to it can cause a range of other illnesses including silicosis, tuberculosis, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis.

‘Deadly dust’

Currently, a workplace exposure limit of 0.1 milligrams per cubic metre is set in the UK under health and safety law.

The same limit is set in the US, but the American regulator OSHA has argued in favour of cutting it by half, as it is based on research dating back to 1968.

The OEHSRG academics want the HSE to follow suit and tighten standards, but the British regulator is opposed to the move due to technological limitations in monitoring silica levels that precisely.

Prof O’Neill said: “Modern science can obtain and analyse dust on Mars.

“If HSE’s science can’t obtain and analyse adequately one of the most commonly encountered and deadly workplace dust exposures here on Earth, who on Earth they are protecting?”

Prof Watterson added: “OSHA says a tighter standard is perfectly possible, can be monitored in the workplace and would save hundreds of lives and billions of dollars each year. Canadian provinces already monitor and enforce a tighter standard still.”

Workplace controls

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive said the body focused on ensuring the correct controls were in place in workplaces.

“When these are in place silica dust is usually reduced to significantly below the exposure limit,” she said.

“The advice HSE has received indicates that it is not practical or achievable to consistently and reliably measure real workplace samples of respirable crystalline silica to significantly lower levels.

“This is because the technical samplers currently used suffer from interference and poor precision at these low measurement masses.

“Measurement below the current workplace exposure limit would require complex sampling and analysis processes which have not been validated.”

 

Academics call on HSE safeguards-NEBOSH IGC
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Blood donors ‘passing on hepatitis E’ – NEBOSH

Blood donors ‘passing on hepatitis E’ – NEBOSH

NEBOSH Around 1,200 people each year are infected with the hepatitis E virus (HEV) through donated blood in England, a large study shows.

Most people will not notice any symptoms, although it can cause liver damage and be fatal in some cases.

The study in the Lancet medical journal showed one in 3,000 blood donations was contaminated.

Hepatitis E tends to be mild but can be a problem particularly for pregnant women.

A group of researchers from Public Health England analysed 225,000 blood donations in the south-east of England to estimate the scale of the national problem.

Prof Richard Tedder, from Public Health England, said: “[The] infections are widespread in the English population, including blood donors.

“Although rarely causing any acute illness, hepatitis E infections may become persistent in immunosuppressed patients, putting them at risk of future chronic liver disease, and a policy is needed to identify these persistently infected patients and provide them with appropriate antiviral treatment.

“However, our study indicates that the overall burden of harm resulting from transfusion-transmitted HEV is slight.”

He said there was no immediate need to screen donated blood.

Blood donationShould dontated blood be screened?

However, Prof Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, from the Universite Paris-Est in France, said that stance was “surprising”.

“The potential clinical results of blood-borne HEV infection should not be downplayed, in particular, the risk of serious complications and death exists.

“I believe that systematic screening of blood components for markers of hepatitis E infection should be implemented.”

Lorna Williamson, the medical director for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “These study findings contribute to our overall understanding of hepatitis E and are an important part of the research that helps NHSBT to make blood transfusions as safe as possible for the patients who need them.

“The majority of patients followed up have now cleared the HEV infection and any remaining patients are being followed up.

“We now expect the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO), which advises UK ministers and health departments, to review the study results.”

 

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Hse(safety) Manager – NEBOSH certificate

The NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) covers the principles relating to health and safety, identification and control of workplace hazards and the practical application of this knowledge. The IGC syllabus takes a risk management approach based on best practice and international standards, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) codes of practice. Local laws and cultural factors may form part of the study programme where relevant and appropriate.The qualification also features a practical workplace assessment.

HSE(Safety) Manager

Qualification : BE/B. Tech
Experience : Should have 10-15 years experience in related field with ARAMCO certification.

Nationality : Indian

Email : rec13@asmacs.net

Contact Details
Recruiter Name:Samarendra Rout
Contact Company:ASMACS
Email Address:
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Manager-HSE : NEBOSH health and safety courses

Manager-HSE : NEBOSH health and safety courses

Job Responsibities

– Responsible for HSE activities in construction activities

– On field person visiting and implement Safety rules and precautions as per laid out law in various construction sites

– Mobility and quick action required in case of emergency and relief operations

 Should have fluent communication in Hindi apart from Native Tamil and English

– Good leadership and commanding Skills n handling team

Candidate profile

Graduate Civil Engineer having 5 to 6 years experience as HSE in a reputed Construction company

Salary CTC Rs.6 – 7 Lacs p.a

Note :

a. This is an URGENT position and hence if selected should be in a position to join at short duration

b. Interview will be held in our client Corporate office in Chennai and during week days only. Shortlisted candidate for interview should be in a position to attend interview without fail

Contact Details
Recruiter Name:RAMKRISHNAN
Contact Company:AAR KAY MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
Telephone:9884455566
Reference Id:RKMC/HSE(L)/CHN
Manager-HSE : NEBOSH health and safety courses
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