Asbestos Technical Lead


Salary: £40,788 – £46,783
Contract type: Fixed Term
Length of employment: 23 months

Multiple Locations Available

As an Asbestos Technical Lead, you will primarily be involved in developing technical policy and stakeholder engagement work, but may also be supporting regulatory inspectors by responding to their queries regarding industry control standards. You will work as a member of a specialist team, led by an Occupational Hygiene Principal Specialist Inspector. You will work closely with the Asbestos Technical and Strategic Portfolio Holder and colleagues from other HSE Divisions to deliver on asbestos strategic work.

You will provide in-depth technical expertise in relation to asbestos surveying, asbestos removal activities and the management of asbestos-containing materials. You may also be asked to provide independent expert witness input to court, securing justice for sufferers of ill health in the workplace.

Developing operational and technical policy is about influencing and raising standards of control and clarifying legal requirements. You will work with others on projects and initiatives to review and inform asbestos policy, developing guidance and identifying any changes needed to expected standards and published information. You will also work with specialist and non-specialist colleagues helping to influence strategic stakeholders and campaigns.

The successful candidate would be required to be actively involved in delivery of some or all of the following work:

- Work to support the Work and Pensions Select Committee (WPSC) recommendations concerning the HSE approach to asbestos management.
- Be an HSE Member of one of more cross-industry sub-groups which sit under the Asbestos Network to provide technical input and assistance in the drafting of industry guidance.
- Review HSE guidance documents on asbestos.
- Technical support to HSE inspection activity around asbestos 'Duty to Manage', licensed asbestos removal and refurbishment / demolition visits.

This is a hugely varied and rewarding role. Whilst there are technical challenges to overcome, you will be working with many different people at every level and every part of your work will be geared to achieving one goal: protecting people's health and safety at work.

You will be office-based but as part of your role, you will be required to visit sites, attend other HSE offices and participate in external stakeholder meeting across Great Britain. This will require regular travel and overnight stays.

At HSE, we are proud to be able to offer our people the opportunity to work in a hybrid way which combines working from home and the office. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your allocated office will be your contractual place of work. There will be a requirement to travel to the office for various activities e.g. collaborative working and supporting and training colleagues.

If hybrid working is suitable for you and your role, the arrangements will be determined primarily by business need, but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. Therefore, we would encourage candidates to consider if the commute from home to the office is a feasible distance to travel before making an application. Please note that if you are successful, hybrid working will be discussed prior to taking up the post.

Person specification

Your role will involve:

- Applying your asbestos expertise in a wide variety of ways to support colleagues taking enforcement action where required to secure compliance with the law.
- Developing an evidence base and advising HSE colleagues working on operational policy, guidance and procedures on asbestos matters.
- Sharing information, including HSE policy, research and guidance at national and international forums involving other Government departments, professional bodies and trade associations, such as the BOHS Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management.
- Providing opinion and expert evidence in reports for legal proceedings and expert witness statements, and when required, presenting these to courts and tribunals.

Essential Criteria:

To excel at this role, you will:

- Have in-depth knowledge and current practical experience in relation to asbestos surveying and a proven track record of managing asbestos projects and solving problems.
- Apply initiative and decisiveness to influence organisations to bring about improvements, making sound decisions based on available and incomplete evidence, and writing clear, accurate and concise reports that present complex information in a way that is easy for others to understand.
- Build influential relationships, engaging with HSE colleagues at different levels and with employers and other stakeholders including training organisations, trade associations and professional bodies and at the most senior levels within an organisation.
- Maintain your professional competence within the asbestos industry through relevant training, networking and continuing professional development.
- Prioritise and organise your work to deliver to the expected quality on time, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and alone, and spending short periods away from home.

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