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Health, Safety & Environmental roles in the UK Nuclear Industry

Updated: Dec 3, 2022

You are probably most likely to have come across someone who works in a nuclear safety role if you have ever watched Homer Simpson in an episode of The Simpsons. This depiction could not be further from the truth and all employees in the UK nuclear industry - in particular HSE workers - are of the upmost integrity and are the most professional of people you will ever come across. If you do find yourself in such a role it is something to be proud of.

Okay so lets look at the profile of a HSE co-ordinator within the nuclear sector:

Nuclear QHSE

You will know your way around a computer and have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly Word and Excel). It is important that you have excellent communication skills and have previous management experience or demonstrate the ability to be able to lead people. Previous experience of HSE in the nuclear sector or similar industries will be a major advantage.

On top of this having experience of developing Safety Cases and Safety Case Reports, dealing with inspectors, Regulators and auditors, previous experience of conducting Risk Assessments and Fault Tree Analysis and managing a Corrective Action program will put you in a great position to land a role.

The below are a list of some of the qualifications and accreditations that will enable to you to stand out from the ground and improve your chances of landing that perfect role:

  • GradIOSH status

  • IOSH Membership

  • NEBOSH Diploma/Certificate or equivalent

  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate

  • CDM Coordinator

  • Fire Safety

  • ISO14001 Environmental Management

  • Lead Auditor certification – Environmental & H&S (Recognised by IRCA/IEMA)


To find out more, head over to our Nuclear Career Hub.


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