Occupational Hygiene Specialist Inspector


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. We don’t just inspect workplaces and enforce the law. We campaign for better risk control, providing guidance, regulations, crucial research and statistics, and specialist products and services both here and overseas.

Our team of occupational hygiene specialists work in a wide range of industries with thousands of workers. This role provides a unique opportunity to apply your technical knowledge and practical experience, influencing whole industry sectors as well as helping individual employers understand the right controls to have in place. Contributing to the policy development and industry guidelines will broaden your knowledge and your professional credibility like no other role can. You will see a clear line of sight between your input and reducing ill-health in the workplace.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We look forward to receiving your application.


The role

Occupational hygiene specialist inspectors are involved in front line regulatory work and developing technical policy. You will work as a member of a specialist regulatory team, led by a Principal Specialist Inspector, regulating workplaces to ensure that workplace health risks have been identified, evaluated and eliminated or adequately controlled. Field Operations Division is the largest operational inspectorate in HSE, covering many employment sectors including agriculture, general manufacturing, engineering, waste and recycling, education, health services, utilities and transport, government departments and domestic gas safety.

You will provide in-depth technical expertise through planned and reactive support to regulatory inspectors gaining occupational hygiene experience across a wide range of issues and industries, whilst developing skills in intervening in businesses and enforcing the law. You will be expected 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 health and safety 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.

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. For the legal requirements of the role, you will be enrolled on the Specialist Training Programme (STP)and will be required to successfully complete the programme. You will receive appropriate training and complete a legal assessment.


Your background

You’ll be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and current practical experience in the field of occupational hygiene and a proven track record of identifying occupational exposure control issues and solving problems. Including a science-based degree or an equivalent academic/professional qualification such as BOHS. Capable of working under challenge and pressure, you will have the interpersonal skills to build robust relationships with employers and other partners, and to influence organisational change to improve health and safety.  You’ll also be collaborative and well-organised, with the flexibility to work away from home for short periods and in a variety of settings.



There’s a lot to look forward to here beyond the generous Civil Service pension and our commitment to flexible working. We put a high value on ongoing personal and professional development and offer access to learning opportunities tailored to your role. You can also expect annual leave of least 25 days.

Please submit your CV, with a suitability statement of up to 750 words, outlining relevant experience and explaining how you meet the requirements of the role.

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