Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Vacancy for Band 3 - Nuclear Safety Inspector - External Hazards

Location Bootle, Cheltenham & London
Salary £67,931 - £80,787(plus an additional £3,992 London Weighting Allowance if the successful individual is London based)
Close date 23 Nov 2018

Job description

The Nuclear Safety Inspector role

Nuclear Inspectors are expected to be capable of undertaking a variety of roles:

  • Inspecting sites
  • Assessing technical safety cases
  • Enforcing the law and influencing improvement in safety cases
  • Investigating incidents;
  • Developing strategic approaches to secure high standards in the industry
  • Managing nuclear research contracts etc

The role of a Nuclear Inspector is varied and you are likely to undertake a range of duties during your career.  Some Inspectors concentrate on undertaking planned and reactive inspections on site, while others will mainly assess safety submissions or manage discrete intervention projects.

However, the focus is on working as teams to ensure compliance, reassure the public and improve safety standards.  When Inspectors find shortcomings in compliance they initially provide advice but may issue verbal and written warnings.  The powers available to inspectors enable them to serve Enforcement Notices and ultimately initiate prosecutions.  There is also a wide range of powers available under nuclear license conditions.

External Hazards

What is external hazards assessment?

Our definition of an external hazard is a natural or man-made danger to a facility that originates outside the boundaries of the site, and outside of the processes conducted on the site.  That is to say, unlike an internal hazard, the nuclear site operator may have little or no control over the initiating event.  External hazards include earthquakes, aircraft impact, extreme weather, electromagnetic interference, flooding, missiles from adjacent facilities to name just a few.  In this day and age, we also have to consider terrorist or other malicious acts as external hazards.  The assessment of external hazards considers how they have been defined and analysed and then how designs have been developed to resist hazards and qualification assured in a holistic manner within a safety case environment.

 

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