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Explosives Specialist Inspector - Hazard Characterisation portfolio

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Liverpool, Buxton and Bristol
£52,125 - £56,034 per annum
Closing date
23 Oct 2023

Job Details

East Midlands (England), East of England, North East England, North West England, Scotland, South East England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands (England), Yorkshire and the Humber (with regular travel to locations across the UK)

About Us

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We’re dedicated to protecting people and places, ensuring everyone can lead safer and healthier lives at work.

We are now looking for an Explosives Specialist Inspector to join our Chemical Explosives & Microbiological Hazards Division (CEMHD) on a permanent, full-time basis.

The Benefits

- Salary of £52,125 - £56,034 per annum
- 25 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave
- Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
- Flexible working options
- Family-friendly policies and working hours
- Competitive parental leave benefits
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- Excess Fares Allowance

This is an exceptional opportunity for an explosives professional with comprehensive experience in the safe use and management of explosive materials to help us make working environments safer across the UK.

In this varied role, you will act as the driving force for safer practices, making sure that workplaces, working practices and training protects everyone involved and the UK stands as the benchmark for safe working throughout the world.

You’ll be supported to understand your role, develop your skills and enhance your continuing professional development. After appropriate legal training, you will be required to study for and successfully complete a legal assessment.

What’s more, we’ll support you will exceptional training that will enable you to help develop industry standards, strengthen your credibility and broaden your knowledge.

The Role

As an Explosives Specialist Inspector, you will support the regulation of explosive safety matters in workplaces across Great Britain.

Alongside other HSE technical and regulatory specialists, you’ll inspect workplaces, investigate issues and complaints and provide advice to ensure employers are operating within the law.

You’ll assess whether employers are operating within the law, address safety concerns, ensure risks are appropriately managed and support improvements that are focused on safety.

Additionally, you will:

- Help to create better policies, support research and develop guidance for employers
- Provide expertise for reports
- Provide explosives and safety expertise at legal proceedings
- Support licensing activities for explosive materials

About You

To be considered as an Explosives Specialist Inspector, you will need:

- Demonstrable 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
- Experience and practical understanding of applying the principles of explosives testing and characterisation, including knowledge and experience in explosives sensitiveness testing and/or UN testing
- A practical understanding of explosives chemistry, including in-depth knowledge of explosive ignition mechanisms
- Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship of a relevant professional institution, or the academic and professional qualifications to apply and achieve Chartered status

The closing date for this role is before Midday on Monday 23rd October 2023.

Interviews will take place week commencing 6th and 13th November.

Other organisations may call this role Explosives Specialist, Safety Specialist, Safety Inspector, Specialist Inspector, Technical Inspector, or Quality Inspector.

Webrecruit and Health and Safety Executive are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

So, if you want to step into an engaging role and contribute to safer workplaces across Great Britain as an Explosives Specialist Inspector, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.



At the Health and Safety Executive, we believe everyone has the right to come home safe and well from their job.  That’s why our mission is to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health.

We are proud of the support we provide to businesses – through free guidance and advice. By giving employers the confidence to manage risks correctly, we boost productivity, support the economy and contribute to a fairer society.

HSE helps workers understand how they can stay safe and well.

With roots stretching back to 1833 the modern HSE is an independent regulator with over forty years’ experience helping Great Britain work well. Using world leading science we have helped protect millions of people from devastating injury and suffering.

HSE leads the way, but doesn’t act alone. Everyone has a part to play - employers, unions, trade associations, professional bodies, academics and others.

Working in partnership is one of our strengths. It’s at the heart of how we protect workers and the public.         

We concentrate on the most serious risks. We target industries with the greatest hazards, and sectors with the worst risk management record.

We are firm and fair when using our legal powers. Inspection helps us check that serious risks are managed sensibly. When things go wrong, investigation helps us get to the truth and learn lessons.

We hold employers to account for their failures and get answers for victims and make workplaces safer.             

The world of work is always changing. We use science to understand these changes. And that understanding helps us all prepare for the workplaces of Great Britain continues to be one of the safest and best places to work and do business.      

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