Health & Safety Advisor- General Safety Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) Division

Porton Down, Salisbury - Flexible Options
Flexible working arrangements, Full time
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Defence & emergency
5,001-10,000 employees
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Job summary


£27,620 - £32,163

As a Health & Safety Advisor (General Safety), you will work closely with staff across Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) Division to provide assurance that work is conducted safely and securely, and in accordance with Dstl safety policies and regulatory requirements.

You will be part of CBRs Safety Team working alongside other safety advisors, to ensure a culture of continuous safety improvement which is key to the delivery of science & technology projects as well as in the infrastructure and workplaces in which our staff operate.


Dstl’s Executive leadership are fully committed to fostering and leading a strong safety culture that delivers against our vision and enables our vital support to UK Defence and Security. In doing so,  we are looking to all our employees to embrace this intent and be a partner for success. If we all make that collective commitment it will allow our thinking and innovation in science and technology to flourish; if done correctly, the management of health, safety and wellbeing will enable the supercharging of Dstl’s scientific and technological prowess.

Our People are Dstl’s greatest asset; your health, safety and welfare are of paramount importance and Dstl’s Safety and Environment Management System is configured to ensure this. Everyone has a responsibility for their health, safety and welfare and that of their colleagues and others who may be affected by our actions. We encourage and empower all our employees so speak up when they have any concerns regarding Health, Safety and Wellbeing so we drive a Safety First approach.

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

We particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.

Job description

In this role you will:

  • Provide practical health & safety advice on a range of matters to staff across the Division and our wider business.
  • Support specialist Safety Advisors and other safety professionals in the delivery of compliance in high-hazard areas.
  • Support the delivery of an effective programme of audit and assurance specifically identifying safety issues and recommend and monitor delivery of corrective actions.
  • Support the Divisions Safety Team in conducting fact finding and Division-led investigations, to identify root causes, emerging safety trends and ensuring that lessons are identified, captured and used to aid learning and prevention of recurrence of safety incidents.
  • Support facility and workplace management teams in resolving safety critical faults and defects with regard to the infrastructure in which we work.
  • Assist the Divisions Operations & Assurance Leader to provide a level of assurance that all staff within the Division are fulfilling their obligations under health & safety legislation

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be UK Nationals who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to undertake the projects we are involved in to protect us from security threats. For this reason, only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. For some roles Developed Vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.

Please see full job descriptions attached at the bottom of this page 

Person specification

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Knowledge of the delivery of practical health & safety advice, building relationships with both technical and non-technical staff to deliver safe and secure outcomes.
  • Experience of supporting or conducting routine safety investigations, including root cause analysis to identify resolutions and reduce likelihood of further occurrences of safety incidents.
  • The ability to work productively with others, build good relationships and promote inclusivity to ensure that colleagues are brought along on the journey of continuous safety improvement.
  • Experience of providing advice on various safe systems of work (SSoW), highlighting areas for improvement and also ensuring that documents are regularly updated following incidents, changes to circumstances or legislation.
  • Experience of supporting other safety professionals on workplace visits and safety tours/inspections, ability to record areas for improvement, monitor progress and follow actions through to successful completion.
  • Good verbal and written communication and report writing skills.

Please see full job descriptions at the bottom of the page 


• Hold a recognised safety qualification at the National Qualifications Framework Level 3 (NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety).
• Hold or be capable of applying for Technical Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (or equivalent).


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
Alongside your salary of £27,620, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contributes £7,457 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.


Dstl’s full range of great benefits can be found in the information pack which includes:

  • Financial: An excellent pension scheme starting from 26% employer contribution (find out more here). In Year Rewarding Achievement bonuses and thank you vouchers. Rental deposit scheme and cycle to work scheme.

  • Flexible workingOptions include alternative working patterns such as; compressed hours (e.g. working a 4 day week/ 9 day fortnight), job shares and annualised hours (agreed number of hours per annum paid monthly i.e. working term-time only).

  • Working hours: Flexibility around your working day (e.g. start time, finish time). Ability to bank hours in a 12 month reference period including the ability to accrue and use 3 days per calendar month.

  • Where you work: Depending on your role, blended working may be available including remote working to suit you and your team. This can be discussed at interview.

  • Annual leave: 25 days pro rata (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays with the ability to buy/sell 5 additional days per annum.

  • Family: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay, an additional 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid

  • Learning and Development: Dstl encourages and supports charterships, accreditations and provides employees access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Dstl will pay for 2 memberships with relevant bodies/institutions. Employees also have access to Civil Service Learning.

  • Facilities: Onsite parking, EV Charging points, restaurants, cafés and gyms.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team and we will do all we can to support you.

Sifting will take place week commencing the 27th May with interviews being held in June

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :Dstl HR Recruitment Team
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Recruitment team

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Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.