Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Vacancy for Band 3 - Nuclear Safety Inspector - Internal 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 22 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.

Internal Hazards

What is Internal Hazards Assessment?

An internal hazard is a danger to plant or safety related structures that originates within the site boundary, and is due to an initiating event over which the site operator has some form of control. Internal hazards include internal flooding, fire, toxic gas release, dropped loads and explosion/missiles.

Internal hazards assessment involves assessing safety case submissions from site operators; submissions that relate to the potential for hazards to affect safety-related plant and equipment. One key internal hazard for all nuclear sites is fire; assessments of how fires might threaten nuclear plant and safety equipment, and the adequacy of the measures put in place to prevent the spread of fires and their consequences are of paramount importance. This differs from conventional fire safety work, which is undertaken by dedicated Fire Precautions Inspectors and focuses on compliance with relevant regulations; internal hazard fire safety assessments instead consider the adequacy of the operator's safety case for dealing with fires with radiological consequences.

As part of an assessment, you must be able to understand the safety arguments presented in the safety case and be able to identify key areas, or potential omissions. Internal hazards assessors must also be capable of undertaking site inspections. These inspections will confirm the validity of claims made within safety cases; including assessing the adequacy of maintenance activities on important safety equipment.

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