HSE: Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Job Types

HSE Engineer

Nuclear Quality

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) are fundamental to everything the nuclear industry does. Therefore, the industry has taken an uncompromising approach to HSE and requires a number of key certifications and accreditations.

The industry and its organisations have a commitment to delivering outstanding performance in safety, in particular; Personal safety and welfare, Process safety, Nuclear safety and Environmental safety.

Salary: xxxxx per year

Job Satisfaction: Very High

Transferability: Very High

Education: Degree 

Job Growth: High

Personality: xxxx

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4. Working Life
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Job Description

As part of the HSE team, you will be responsible for the delivery, performance, and continuous improvement of the HSE culture within your business. You will provide advice and guidance to internal and external stakeholders to support the organisational culture and ways of working.


Key responsibilities:

  • To provide leadership on safety, health and wellbeing issues;

  • Setting standards for safety, health and wellbeing for all activities;

  • Monitoring and reporting HS&E performance;

  • Monitoring trends (internal and external) to ensure standards are upheld;

  • Identifying changes in relevant health and safety legislation and standards, reviewing such changes and providing advice on the implementation of any necessary changes to company procedure and/or practice;

  • Compilation and maintenance of a Health & Safety Register of Legal and Other Requirements;

  • To secure compliance with health and safety legislation, as appropriate to the company’s activities, including maintenance of the HSE Management System;

  • To support your line manager (often Head of Assurance) in maintaining certification to ISO 45001;

  • Implementing an audit and review programme for monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the HSE Management System;

  • To provide procedures and processes (ie. As part of the HSE Management System) that effectively deliver all safety, health & wellbeing activities

  • Maintaining and implementing a company system;

  • Liaison with Site HSE Managers, Building HSE Officers, Property Manager and Building Manager regarding the health, safety and environmental standards required for operations;

  • To assist the Head of HSE in delivering the annual HSE Improvement Plan;

  • To provide safety, health and wellbeing inputs to pre-qualification questionnaires and tender submissions, as required;

  • Provide support to the Supply Chain Manager in assessing the HS&E credentials of potential suppliers/contractors and re-assessing existing suppliers/contractors;

  • Provision and maintenance of the Crisis Management and Business Continuity Plans


The position of HSE within the business:

  • Reporting to the Head of HSE.

  • Providing authoritative advice to all levels of staff.

  • Through the Head of HSE, reporting performance to the company executive.

  • Key relationships are with Heads of Location, Project Managers, Department Managers, HSE Managers, Regulators, Occupational Health Service Providers, Property & Facilities Manager, Bid Managers, Quality Manager and Company Radiation Protection Advisers.

  • Formal and informal interactions with Trade Union Representatives



  • Engineering/Science qualification (HNC, HND, Degree)

  • NEBOSH Diploma or NVQ equivalent in health & safety management

  • Chartered member of IOSH or Graduate member working towards Chartered Membership


Ideally, you will have the following qualifications, skills, experience, and attributes…

The development and review of the HSE management system:

  • Review of new health & safety legislation and incorporation into the system

  • Update systems following policy developments

  • Managing the routine review of HSE documentation

  • Maintenance of Crisis Management and Business Continuity Plans


Monitor the performance of the company through:

  • The setting of company objectives and targets

  • Management of the company system

  • Monitoring trends to ensure HSE standards are upheld.

  • Implementation of HSE audit and compliance programme

  • Liaison with external auditors

  • Monitor HSE inspections and observations

  • Carrying out incident investigations

  • Tracking actions arising from incident investigations.

  • Monitoring and reporting HSE performance


Provision of HSE advice to all levels of employees:

  • Member of Joint Committee on HSE;

  • Member of Site Location HSE Panels;

  • Assist in operation of the company HSE helpline;

  • Provide HSE information for prequalifications and bids.

  • Set standards for regional HSE managers in providing advice and support to projects and operations.

Development and delivery of HSE training programmes:

  • Develop and deliver training to ensure HSE Managers remain SQEP, also more widely in the areas of the building/facility HSE management, safe systems of work, risk assessment, carrying and lifting, control of contractors, control and management of radioactive sources

Typical Day At Work

This can vary a lot depending upon the role and whether you are going to be office or site-based.  

  1. Tend to get into the office, factory or site early.

  2. Plan the day ahead and undertake pre-day meetings provide learning from experience, notice of ongoing works and safety considerations of note for the upcoming day.

  3. A mix of training, reporting, witnessing, supporting and delivery to ensure you meet all HSE requirements throughout the day.

Other Responsibilities

Separately, many senior HSE workers provide support to others in the form of training, advising and mentoring. Often having chosen to enter management 5-10 years into their career, their experience of the regulation and documentation requirements, typical issues faced and their general know-how of all aspects of the work, they are perfect for supporting the next generation of workers. 

Working Life

Working Hours:

Standard 37.5 hour week

Regular schedule like a 9 to 5 (often 7 to 3)

In a typical week, although contracted to 37.5 hours per week, it is not unusual for an HSE engineer to regularly work between 42 and 45 hours per week. 

Much of a HSE engineers 9 to 5 is split between attending meetings, training, document production/management and working to ensure the HSE requirements required by the nuclear industry are met.

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