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INTERVIEW: Inclusiveness and working together at the Health and Safety Executive

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Katie Lewis at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) talks to Vitae Jobs about what HSE does, the job opportunities exist across the organisation and how employees are supported in their careers and personal development.

As the name suggests the Health and Safety Executive plays an important role in the safety of people at work across the UK. With their Head Office based in Bootle, Merseyside, the regulator has offices in over 25 locations across the UK, helping to shape policy and produce research to ensure the safety of people in the workplace.

We caught up with Katie to find out more about what it’s like to work at HSE.

Q. Can you tell us about the role of the organisation including its core responsibilities and a general overview of the types of job roles within the organisation?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the independent regulator for work-related health and safety. We act in the public interest to reduce work-related illness, death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces. We are part of the civil service and sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions.

HSE is highly regarded both nationally and internationally. The benefits that our work brings to business, workers and the UK economy are clear. Improved health and safety risk management protects workers and translates into reduced sickness absence, lower healthcare and welfare costs, and better productivity.

The Health and Safety Executive is an independent regulator. Our work touches virtually every sector of Great Britain’s industries and the constantly evolving nature of work and technology. Combining experts from numerous fields, our employees strive to keep people and their working environments safe. We don’t just inspect workplaces and enforce the law, we campaign for better H&S practice, we shape and review guidance and regulations, we provide specialist products and services both here and overseas, and we produce crucial research and statistics – all towards our goal #HelpGBWorkWell.

As well as Inspectors we also employ;

  • Engineers – construction, electrical, mechanical, process safety, offshore safety
  • Scientists – chemists, physicists, microbiologists, radiation, fire and explosives and materials specialists
  • Divers and master mariners
  • Occupational Health
  • Doctors
  • Psychologists and Behavioural Insight professionals
  • Lawyers
  • Commercial experts
  • Digital experts
  • HR
  • Communications
  • Economists
  • Statisticians
  • And many more.

Q. What are the principles and values of your organisation?

Our mission is to prevent death, injury and ill health in Great Britain’s workplaces.

We do this with;

Impact – HSE and its people making a difference, not just locally or nationally but around the world

Enablement – helping employers, employees and the country achieve great things

Inclusiveness– respecting a range of views and people from all backgrounds and levels

Working together – collaborating for the benefit of the greater good

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Q. Can you detail the demographics of your organisation (Including the size, locations and number of employees in your organisation, average salaries)?

HSE employs over 2,700 people based at more than 25 locations across England, Scotland and Wales.

Q. What is it like to work for your organisation including employee benefits and rewards and career development and support networks for staff?

We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay, reviewed each year with performance-related awards

• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute around 21% of pensionable salary, far more than in the private sector.

• Great work/life balance with family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career

• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave

• Comprehensive training to support with Continuous Professional Development.

Employee Groups

Magnet– The Minority Action Group NETwork (MAGNET) was set up to promote race equality within HSE. Its aims are to:
*promote the fair treatment of staff regardless of race
*enable and empower ethnic minority staff to develop their potential more fully
*increase awareness of diversity and its benefits

Equal– Equal is HSE’s network for staff with long-term health conditions and disabilities. They aim to help HSE adopt a fully inclusive and accessible approach to all of its internal and external processes, practices and policies.

Gender Equality Network– The Gender Equality Network is for everyone – irrespective of gender identity – who cares about having an equal and diverse workplace.

They do this by:

*promote gender equality
*tackle gender-based inequality
*ensure everyone has the same access to opportunities, including career development and work-life balance, when working at HSE

LGBT+ networkis an inclusive network of members and allies. Members include people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and curious (note: this list is not exhaustive). The network also includes friends and allies who do not identify as LGBT themselves.

Q. Do you operate special schemes such as apprenticeships, internships or fast-stream?

As part of the Civil Service we do offer apprenticeships, summer diversity internships and fast-stream

And finally, why should a job seeker consider HSE when searching for their next career move?

If you really want to make a difference and you really want to tangibly improve people’s lives, you should consider a job in the Health and Safety Executive.

You can view current Health and Safety Executive job opportunities here

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