HSE jobs – Onshore Diving Specialist

  • Introduction
  • Job responsibilities
  • Training
  • Essential criteria and Attributes required
  • How to apply


A key operational arm of HSE, Hazardous Installations Directorate (HID) regulates the UK’s major hazard industries – companies whose products are essential to our everyday life, but where failures in safety management and risk control can lead to catastrophic harm to workers and the public at large. Employing around 300 professional engineers and scientists, we are responsible for securing safety across a range of industries including; energy production (oil, gas and emerging technologies), chemical/pharmaceutical production and storage and mines, explosives and pipelines.

Energy Division:

HID’s Energy Division has an unrivalled history of progress towards securing control of both existing and emerging risks. Respected internationally for our independent status and integrity, it has a long-standing reputation for technical expertise which can be applied logically to deliver effective, proportionate solutions – enabling hazardous activities to be managed safely. Offshore safety and the linked environmental protection remains a high government priority.

We offer a real opportunity to influence and improve safety across a wide range of activities both on and offshore, including ageing installations, the significant new build programme and the most high tech innovations.

The UK’s offshore industry is here for decades to come and so is the need for its regulator. This is your opportunity to be part of its future and to make a difference using your knowledge and skills whilst continuing your development within the unique variety and depth of challenge that Energy Division offers you.

Job responsibilities

Using your specialist knowledge, you will:

  • Inspect and audit companies involved in diving operations and related activities
  • Investigate accidents, complaints and dangerous occurrences
  • Take enforcement action, including issuing statutory notices
  • Collect evidence and prepare reports for legal proceedings or accident investigation
  • Advise clients, duty holders, employees and members of the public on legal requirements both orally and in writing.
  • Develop technical standards and guidance

Training and development

From day one, you will be supported by your manager and colleagues to understand your role in HSE. In addition to supporting your continuing professional development, you will complete the Regulators Training Programme (RTP), providing you with an accredited Diploma in Health and Safety. Read more about this in Your Development.

Essential criteria

  • Education to degree level. Other qualifications may be considered but the applicant must be able to demonstrate their ability to write complex reports and legal submissions.
  • Experience at management or diving supervisor levels within the inland/inshore diving industry within the UK controlled waters, or be able to demonstrate the ability to work at these levels.
  • A minimum of HSE Surface Supplied or HSE Part 3 Diving Qualification.
  • Experience/ability to plan and supervise diving operations;
  • Knowledge of working with a variety of diving systems;
  • Knowledge of diving operations and an understanding of the hazards affecting the safe conduct of diving operations;
  • Knowledge of diving equipment and an understanding of the safe assembly of diving systems;
  • Knowledge of the physics and physiology of diving;
  • You will hold a full driving license that permits you to drive in the UK unless reasonable adjustments can be made in line with the Equality Act 2010.

The work will involve nights away and you should expect to spend some time away from home.

If you require further information about the post please contact Mike Leaney by email michael.leaney@hse.gsi.gov.uk

Attributes required

We are looking for high calibre specialists who can, under challenge, think strategically, identify underlying core issues, and engage at different levels both with colleagues, site technical staff and at the most senior levels within an organisation. You will be decisive and able to influence those organisations to bring about improvements. You will have:

  • Strong communication skills to influence change at all levels in the organisations we regulate;
  • Sound analytical skills to identify underlying gaps and deficiencies related to risk management;
  • Initiative and decisiveness, making sound decisions based on available evidence;
  • Good organisational and planning skills taking responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to the required standard;
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, maintaining positive professional working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders;
  • The ability to write effective technical reports and present complex technical information in a clear and concise way for a non-technical audience.

How to apply

Apply for this role via the Civil Service on-line recruitment system, Civil Service Jobs.

IMPORTANT: Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

Please ensure you attach your covering letter and CV to the ‘Attachments’ tab within your CS Jobs application.

It is essential that your covering letter addresses the following:-
Your covering letter should address the following points to demonstrate how you fit the essential requirements of this role:

  • your level of responsibility
  • the breadth and depth of your experience
  • the technical quality and standard of your work

This should be no more than one side of A4 paper (font size 10). 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: Chris Hall on 0151 951 4672 or email chris.hall@hse.gsi.gov.uk.

Closing date

Please note this is an ongoing campaign, however adverts can be withdrawn as posts are filled – please apply at your earliest opportunity.

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/careers/osd-onshore-diving-specialist-inspector.htm