Inspector Grade III – Chemical Safety/Process Safety Inspector (COMAH)


We have an opening for a Chemical Safety/Process Safety Inspector (Inspector Grade III level) in the Authority under our regulatory mandate for Chemicals in particular our competent authority activities under the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH).

Vacancies will be offered to candidates placed on the relevant panel based on the Order of Merit from interview. Any panel formed as part of this campaign, which is not exhausted through appointment of candidates to current or future vacancies will expire 12 months from the establishment of the panel.

The successful candidate will work in the multidisciplinary COMAH, Chemical Production and Storage team. The successful candidate will undertake Competent Authority functions of the Authority at national and EU level.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of tasks for the role.

● Carrying out a programme of inspections on relevant COMAH establishments & sub COMAH sites in accordance with the annual Programme of Work
● Investigating and following up of accidents and incidents at COMAH establishments & sub COMAH sites, preparation of reports of investigation including for legal proceedings
● Assessing and preparing technical reports on submissions such as safety reports and planning advice requests
● Liaising with local authorities, fire authorities, the Gardaí and HSE on land use planning and external emergency planning under the 2015 COMAH Regulations
● Maintaining and further developing expertise in process safety and other major accident hazard issues
● Engaging with relevant stakeholders and representing the Authority in public forums, in court, at inquests, EU meetings and other related activities.
● Researching technical queries and providing advice to support the activities of the Authority’s Chemicals Helpdesk/Contact centre
● Supporting awareness raising activities and maintenance of good communications with all stakeholders.
● Undertaking such other duties as may be assigned in accordance with the operational needs of the Authority


In addition to demonstrating they possess the required competencies as set out in appendix 1, the ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Honours degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) in Engineering, Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or other appropriate discipline
  • Minimum of two years relevant work experience in a regulatory or industry setting
  • Possession of a full driving licence (Category B)

In addition to the above essential requirements, it would be a decided advantage for candidates to have:

  • A recognised qualification at diploma level or higher in the areas of Occupational Safety and Health or process safety.
  • Experience in preparing technical reports

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