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Radiation Specialist

Civil Service

United Kingdom

Job description

The Radiation Specialist in HSE’s Field Operations Division (FOD) supports key frontline work in all sectors which use ionising and non-ionising radiation including manufacturing, engineering, medical and dental, veterinary, education and local authorities with the exception of nuclear licensed sites. Radiation Specialists will also be supporting the implementation of a new Basic Safety Standards directive for ionising radiation in 2018.

The role is based in a designated HSE office but involves work across a geographical region to undertake assessments, investigations, and inspections.

Job responsibilities:

Using your technical knowledge and practical experience you will:

  • Enforce and advise on Health and Safety matters relating to work with ionising and non-ionising radiation by supporting or leading inspection activities;
  • Recommend reasonably practicable control measures in support of enforcement action, and provide expert evidence in legal proceedings;
  • Provide expert opinion in reports and statements to investigate incidents and guide enforcement decisions;
  • Carry out assessments for the approval of radiation dosimetry services and the recognition of Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) bodies;
  • Liaise with other Government departments, industry, professional bodies etc. to promote good radiation protection practice;
  • Provide specialist advice on assessment, management and control of risks arising from occupational exposure to ionising and non-ionising radiation;
  • Continue to bring about Health and Safety improvements to national and international standards for radiation protection.

Essential criteria:

  • Candidate should hold a recognised academic qualification in a physical science or related discipline which should be at degree or equivalent level;
  • Have a high level of professional experience in radiation protection;
  • We are particularly interested in people with experience of providing advice on compliance with the Ionising Radiations Regulations or Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations to a range of customers in different sectors, for example as an individual RPA or as a member of an RPA body.

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.

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