Register  |  Log In  |  Contact Us

Trainee HM Inspector of Railways - Human Factors Specialist

Contract Type
Flexible Hours, Part-Time, Permanent
Public Sector
Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, London and York
London: £41,011 - £49,091 - Regional: £37,151 - £45,224
Expiry Date
The team you will work with is responsible for ensuring the railway industry meets the requirements of health and safety law and is working towards achieving zero industry caused fatalities.

Job Description

As one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Railways you will regulate health and safety for passengers, the workforce and the public who use, operate and maintain Britain’s railways. The team you will work with is responsible for ensuring the railway industry meets the requirements of health and safety law and is working towards achieving zero industry caused fatalities. As an inspector you will carry-out planned site visits and investigate accidents and incidents. You will provide advice to duty holders and as necessary take formal enforcement action. You will also represent ORR to railway industry stakeholders including trade unions. 

A human factors’ graduate with about 2+ years’ experience of applying human factors principles and approaches in industry, you will have an interest to develop a comprehensive understanding of key railway human factors’ topics and health & safety regulation. We seek an enthusiastic, inquisitive and highly motivated individual who wants to make a difference to health and safety on Britain’s railways. You should demonstrate strong commitment and drive in influencing others. 

You will first train to become one of our warranted inspectors. Then, reporting to our Specialist Group, you will carry out inspections to develop bodies of work in key human factors topics. You will support incident investigations. 
You will contribute to the technical, operational policy surrounding the implementation of new regulatory requirements and writing of guidance or approaches to assessment. 

You will contribute to the delivery of training of colleagues in the discipline. You will implement ORR’s human factors strategy and contribute to ORR’s activity on the implementation of industry recommendations. Your technical information will be applied at sites and meetings around the country and potentially internationally. Some will be very high profile. 

More broadly, we will look for you to build strong relationships with Network Rail, passenger and freight operators, trade unions, Rail Delivery Group and the Rail Safety and Standards Board. Together you will develop tools and approaches and strategies that support the operation of the rail industry. 

A thorough knowledge of human factors and its application in industry is vital. Ideally a graduate or registered member of the CIEHF working towards chartership, you’ll be an engaging collaborator who can instill change. You will need to demonstrate good written and oral communication skills, be an effective presenter of technical content to the layman, a technical audience and other professionals. 

The new Band D (progressing to a Band C) post will contribute to the delivery of ORR’s Strategic Risk Chapter on Industry Staff Competence & Human Failure. The Chapter includes high profile topics signposted in the 2018 Chief Inspector’s Annual Report themes of supporting our people, new technology and pressure on the system. Examples include: digital railway and automation, introduction of new technical systems (safety by design), inclusive design, operational systems such as maintenance error, fatigue management, platform-train interface, crowd management or safety critical communications management (a contributor in about 1/3 of incidents). The industry are also subject to additional legal requirements through the recast Railway Safety Directive and Common Safety Method for SMS published in 2016 (and due to be transposed in the UK in 2020 in anything other than a “no deal” scenario), with new requirements for the inclusion of human factors and consideration of risks from human performance in the safety management system. 

You will be a warranted health and safety inspector, initially at Grade D. You can expect to move to a Grade C railway inspector role within 2 to 3 years providing you can demonstrate both inspector and railway competencies. Exceptional candidates who already meet all the inspector competences and/or have evidence of meeting railway inspection qualifications and skill sets and have appropriate experience may be fast tracked through to appointment as a full inspector. 

Training & Development 

There will be an intensive training and development programme, as well as line management support, to help you achieve the necessary inspector and railway competencies. Please note that continued employment as a health and safety inspector will be conditional on passing all assessed elements of the training. This will be set out in a formal training contract.

Person specification

Essential Experience 

  • Application of human factors principles and approaches to drive improvement in working systems 
  • Experience of delivering training or coaching in human factors technical areas 
  • Some health and safety regulation insight and experience 

Desirable Experience 

  • Interest in the rail sector and its systems 
  • Strong planning and organisation skills 
  • Strong analytical skills 
  • An ability to demonstrate objectivity, flexibility and resilience