Risk Assessor Specialist (CEMHD Band 3 SEO) (HSE)
07th Jun, 2021 Read time 4 minutes

Risk Assessor Specialist (CEMHD Band 3 SEO) (HSE)

Company Website: https://www.hse.gov.uk/
Location: Birmingham
Last Updated: 7th June 2021

HSE is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment and we particularly welcome Female/BAME/disabled/LGBT+ applicants, as they are currently underrepresented in this discipline within HSE.

At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy. Our work touches virtually every sector of Great Britain’s industry. Combining specialists from numerous fields, we strive to keep people and their working environments safe.

We don’t just inspect workplaces and implement the law, we campaign for better H&S practice, we craft and review guidance and regulations, we provide specialist products and services both here and overseas, and we produce crucial research and statistics – all towards our goal of helping Great Britain work well.

HSE has statutory responsibilities in the regulation of onshore major hazards, some of which are delivered by the Major Hazards Risk Assessment Unit. The Unit’s responsibilities include:

• Contributing to the regulation of onshore major hazard sites, with a focus on assessing major hazard risks;

• Working with other parts of Government, including in Scotland and Wales, to 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; and

• Providing statutory advice on plans to develop new businesses holding significant quantities of flammable or toxic substances./nJob description

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:

• Hazardous Substances Consents (HSC) Regulations 2015, which relate to considering whether the presence of a significant quantity of hazardous substance is acceptable in a given location;

• Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 2015 (COMAH); and

• The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015, which covers development control around major hazard sites.

HSE risk assessors use their specialist knowledge to:

• Support HSE programmes through the development and delivery of methods and standards for the quantified assessment of risks from dangerous substances (including flammables, toxic substances etc.);

• Undertake technical risk analysis and the assessment of COMAH safety reports, Hazardous Substances Consents, 3 Zone Maps and Land Use Planning Applications;

• Provide 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 land use planning 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; and

• Commission science and oversee its delivery.

From day one, you will be supported by your manager and colleagues to understand your role in HSE, develop your skills and support you in your continuing professional development. For the legal requirements of the role, you will be enrolled on the Specialist Training Programme (STP) and will be required to study for and successfully complete the Unit. You will receive appropriate training and complete a legal assessment.


Person specification

• A good working knowledge of the application of your discipline skill to the onshore major hazards industry;

• Experience of the use of current quantified risk assessment techniques, hazard assessment approaches, methodologies and tools in the assessment of major accident risks;

• Knowledge and experience of the application of major accident hazard modelling, preferably for onshore installations; and

• Knowledge and experience of the development of methodologies for the assessment of major hazard risks./nLicences

A full driving licence that enables you to drive in the UK is essential./nQualifications

Degree or equivalent qualification in a science, engineering, mathematics or a related subject area./nMemberships

Corporate Chartered membership of a relevant professional institution, or the capability to work towards membership./nBehaviours

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

• Communicating and Influencing
• Making Effective Decisions
• Delivering at Pace

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