Health and Safety Inspector

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Health and safety inspectors make sure that places of work are safe for workers and members of the public.

They inspect machinery, management systems, working methods, and the use and storage of dangerous substances. They check that employers and employees follow health and safety regulations.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for trainee health and safety inspectors in the UK start at around £26,500 a year. The starting salary for HSE trainee inspectors on the HSE Regulators' Training Programme (RTP) is £31,663 a year. This rises to £40,178 a year after completion of the programme and promotion to the main grade inspector, which can take three years.

With up to 5 years' experience this can rise to £50,000 a year and senior specialists can earn up to around £90,000 a year depending on specialism, location and level of responsibility.

The civil service offers a good pension scheme and additional benefits.


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Getting In

Health and safety inspectors mainly work for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE in Scotland has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. The HSE careers website has a list of the latest vacancies.

You will also see jobs advertised on SHP4Jobs.

What Does it Take?

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Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Civil Service Jobs

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
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