Watch the video – What does a HSE Specialist Inspector of Electrical and Control Systems Engineering do?

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Can you make a difference?! Then if so, apply for this position!! closes 15/10/2018!!

HSE Electrical Engineers help employers across Great Britain – a whole range of essential industries with thousands of workers – to manage work safely.

In this role, you can influence not just an individual employer but whole sectors. Your work will make the most of your significant technical knowledge and experience – whether that’s investigating the cause of a fatal incident, helping an employer understand the right controls to have in place or contributing to contributing to the development of industry policy and guidelines.

No two days are the same and the technical challenges you’ll face will be unique, as will the knowledge and skills you will gain with us.  And you’ll be supported by your team colleagues together with the widest range of health and safety experts in Britain.

Electrical Engineer (FOD Band 3/SEO)

Health and Safety Executive

Closing date: 15 Oct 2018

Reference number


Salary 52,000 – 60,468

Grade Senior Executive Officer Band 3

Contract type: Permanent

Business area: Specialist Recruitment

Type of role: Engineering

Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time

Hours: 37

Number of posts: 1


Basingstoke, South East : Bedford, Eastern : Birmingham, West Midlands : Bristol, South West

About the job

Job description

About HSE

The Health and Safety Executive is an independent regulator. Our work touches virtually every sector of Great Britain’s industries and the constantly evolving nature of work and technology. Combining specialists from every field, our employees 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 #HelpGBWorkWell.

At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy.

Our Electrical Engineers help some of Britain’s most hazardous – and essential – industries work safely and well. And in this role, you can utilise your considerable technical knowledge to influence not only individual employers but whole industry sectors.

A career with HSE gives you a rare opportunity to visit and interact with different and diverse employers and work activities.

You’ll work alongside other technical specialists to ensure that employers operating in a wide variety of industries, such as electrical power distribution and transmission, utilities, agriculture and construction, do so safely.

Your work will make the most of your technical skills and specialist knowledge – whether that’s investigating the cause of a fatal incident, helping an employer understand the right controls to have in place or contributing to the development of industry policy and guidelines. As you can see this role will broaden your knowledge and your professional credibility like no other role can.

Together with the widest range of health and safety specialists in Britain, you’ll be helping to protect thousands of people, whether that is from our offices or out on site.

Key responsibilities include;

– Forensic analysis of electrical/control system related concerns, accidents and reportable incidents to identify the root cause and where necessary, lead the technical aspect of the investigation, calling in other specialist support and supporting legal action to prevent a recurrence;

– Inspect a variety of workplaces to make sure that risks are handled safely, driving improvements and gaining commitment to follow the law.

– Appear as specialist witness at tribunals, inquests and legal proceedings;

– Secure intelligence, share information and advice towards policy, research, and guidance to benefit other Government departments, the public, industry, professional bodies and trade associations.

– Contribute as a member of the Electrical Engineering team to promote Health and Safety improvements to national and international standards at various forums, and at relevant conferences.

You will be expected to spend short periods working away from home.


At HSE, you can develop your expertise even further. While working, you will complete specialist training to understand the legal and enforcement requirements of this front-line role. This includes a mixture of e-learning and face to face tutorials.

Person Specification

To be considered for this role, you will;

– have substantial practical experience of electrical/control system engineering

– a breadth of experience in the following areas;

– distribution and use of electricity at both high and low voltage, including safe systems of work;

– electrical, electronic and programmable electronic safety-related control systems (such as PLCs) relating to process control equipment and machinery.

– Safety-related control systems including hazards and failure mechanisms, risk assessment techniques, design, implementation and testing, maintenance and modification;

– application and use of electrical equipment in hazardous atmospheres.

In addition, you’ll have made some impact in your career so far making intelligent, measured decisions in your area, with good analytical skills to spot underlying issues. Communication is key in this role and you will be able to persuade and influence people at all levels. We value people who respect others, work well in a team and can build robust relationships with employers and other partners.

Person specification

To be considered for this role, you will;

• have substantial practical experience of electrical/control system engineering


A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK, unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010.


An Honours degree in electrical engineering or control system engineering.


Membership of a relevant institution (e.g. Institute of Engineering and Technology) and be chartered with the Engineering Council UK (ECUK), or the qualifications and experience to become chartered.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Returning to work after a break

We appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications from individuals who have been out of work for some time and who have previous relevant experience.

• Competitive rates of pay, reviewed each year with performance related awards.

• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 21%, far more than in the private sector.

• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career.

• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave


This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excessfares-

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

We recruit in two stages:

– An initial sift to create a shortlist

– Selection interviews stage.

To make an initial application, complete your CV and personal statement on Civil Service Jobs. Your personal statement (no more than 1200 words) will set out how you match the role requirements listed above:

– Your current level of responsibility

– The breadth and depth of your experience

– The technical quality and standard of your work.

You will also need to pass security check level clearance, and meet UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

We recruit on merit based on fair and open competition, embracing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format please contact

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the terms and conditions you will adopt should you be successful in your application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process please contact:

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Richard Hines:

Sift/interview dates and location


Further information

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process please contact:

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing: or by writing to HSE at the following address:

HSE Resourcing Team
2.3 Redgrave Court
Merton Road
L20 7HS

Alternatively you can contact Civil Service commissioners:

Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

Watch the video! Tottenham Hotspurs edges closer to completion!

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New arena edges closer to completion and Spurs fans have every right to be excited!

Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium has edged closer to completion with the pitch now fully laid at the development.

Having looked like just a shell for some time, the arena now looks ready for action with the turf installed.

Work started on the laying of the grass on Tuesday and was completed on Wednesday night with further works ongoing, including lighting rigs entering the pitch to help it grow and knit together.

The pitch had been prepared in the Netherlands and was being brought to the UK in 23 refrigerated lorries earlier in the week.

It’s a huge boost for both the club and its fans who saw their original date for the opening of stadium, September 15, come and go due to problems with ‘critical safety systems’ at the ground.

While the issues are attended to, the club have had to play their matches at Wembley, with all their Champions League home games also scheduled to be there, even if they do move into their new home sooner than November 28, when Spurs face Inter Milan.

Many supporters believe their opening match could come against London rivals Chelsea on November 24 but there is no official word on this, with test events having to be carried out for the club to obtain the necessary safety certificates to open the stadium fully.

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This is a very graphic video and everyone should take the time to view it! Don’t Drink and Drive this Christmas!

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Provisional estimates from the Department for Transport showed that between 200 and 290 people were killed in drink-drive accidents on Britain’s roads last year.

Drink-driving: Thousands caught over the limit twice.  More than 8,000 motorists have been caught driving over the limit twice in the past five years, according to the DVLA.


A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association showed 219,008 people were caught drink-driving once in the same period

‘Two drivers were caught six times.’

The AA said the numbers were “astonishing” and called for the process of returning licences to banned drivers to be reviewed. The association’s president, Edmund King, said: “The fact that more than 8,000 drivers have been caught twice in five years is all the more astonishing when they should have been off the road for a year or more. “Perhaps it is time to review some of the medical checks and rehabilitation courses before allowing these drivers back on the road.”

Drink-drivers face a ban of at least one year, as well as an unlimited fine. The offences took place between 2011 and 2015 when motorists were given DR10 endorsements – handed to drivers for driving or attempting to drive while above the legal alcohol limit.

Anyone caught for the offence faces a ban of at least one year, an unlimited fine and, in the most serious cases, up to six months in prison. Some drivers are offered rehabilitation courses to reduce the length of their ban.

Numbers of drivers who received DR10 endorsements in Britain between 2011 and 2015

  • One – 219,008 drivers
  • Two – 8,068 drivers
  • Three – 449 drivers
  • Four – 46 drivers
  • Five – Five drivers
  • Six – Two drivers

SOURCE: DVLA/Press Association

The DVLA data shows the number of drink-drive convictions has fallen in recent years, from 53,885 in 2011 to 42,587 in 2015.

A drink-driver not deemed to be a “high risk offender” can apply to get their licence back once their ban has ended, but they have to fill out a form with questions about their health. The DVLA said it had to issue a licence when a driver had served their disqualification period, but it would investigate and take “appropriate action” if there was any indication of “an ongoing issue with alcohol”. But Road safety charity Brake said the numbers showed “a worrying lack of progress in drink-drive enforcement” and called on the government to put “serious investment” into road policing and stopping “hard-core drunk drivers” getting back behind the wheel.

Christmas crime

The AA said it had figures showing that nearly two-thirds of drink-drivers arrested in the run-up to and during the past three Christmases were at least almost twice the alcohol limit.

FoI responses from 10 police forces in England revealed that from November to December in 2013, 2014 and 2015, 64% of 5,621 drivers arrested after failing a breath test for alcohol registered at least 60 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

Mr King said: “These people knowingly got behind the wheel when drunk.”

Quarter of all construction workers in London are from EU

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The London construction market could be crippled by a Hard Brexit as latest figures show nearly one in four builders in the capital are from the European Union.  Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is warning that any ouflow of workers would leave the capital’s sites “high and dry”.

His Housing in London report reveals that currently 95,000 construction workers in London are from the EU out of a total of 350,000.

Khan, said: “When I speak to businesses – both large and small – one of the biggest issues they raise with me is the skills gap.

“They tell me that maintaining a skilled workforce is absolutely crucial to their future and the future of the whole economy.“London is in the grip of a serious housing crisis – and fixing it is going to be a marathon, not a sprint.

“While we are working to train up more Londoners to have the skills to work in construction, you can’t escape the fact that a ‘Hard Brexit’ could leave a quarter of the skilled construction workforce in the capital high and dry which would have a crippling effect on our plans to build the homes Londoners so desperately need.”

Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council and member of the London Economic Area Partnership, said: “We urgently need more skilled construction workers in London. The Mayor has asked me to bring together partners from local government, developers, the construction industry and training providers to address this.

“While the challenges are significant, made even more urgent by the expected impact of Brexit, the leadership provided by the Mayor on this issue will enable us to work together to propose sustainable solutions in order to ensure a world-class construction workforce for London.”