Process Safety Manager

Job Title: Process Safety Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Start Date: 2020-01-14
Reference: BH-120
Contact Name: Harrison Smith
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 14, 2020 15:37

Job Description

Process Safety Manager

Working within the HSE Department and reporting to the HSE Director, the Process Safety Manager is responsible for the successful implementation and maintenance of the process safety (major hazards) management system, and to provide technical input and leadership in all aspects of plant and process and operational health, safety and environmental management.

  • Ensuring compliance with CoMAH, DSEAR and ATEX, EPR as well as the successful implementation of the MAPP and process safety management system.
  • Managing the major accident hazard identification and risk assessment processes, including the Haz 0-7 study process and others where appropriate, eg QRA, SIL assessment, occupied buildings risk assessment etc. 
  • Ensuring major accident hazard (MAH) risks are controlled to ALARP and involvement in decisions over the selection of the basis of safety for MAH control.  This may involve input into the selection, installation and operation of equipment and inspection/maintenance considerations.  It may also involve contributing to design of basic process control systems (BPCS) and alarm management.
  • Ownership and authorising of process safety relevant procedures and contribution to the creation/revision of other procedures as required.
  • Contributing to the development and delivery of training on process safety issues.
  • Managing active and reactive monitoring systems relevant to process safety, eg reporting on process safety performance indicators and participating in incident investigation.
  • Oversight of the site emergency response arrangements, in particular, liaising with external stakeholders, competence of the on site emergency response team and the production of emergency response ‘pre-plans’.
  • Involvement in the preparation and revision of key permitting/licence documentation relevant to process safety such as the CoMAH safety report, aspects of the EPR permit and hazardous substances consent issues.
  • Securing and managing the use of third party expertise where required.
  • Acting as the first port of call for process safety matters on site and interation with regulatory authorities such as HSE and EA.
  • Liaise with process/project engineering department.
  • Review and sign off process and engineering modifications.
  • Review reports and interpret results.
  • Represent HSE at engineering handovers.
  • Represent HSE at process reviews and project meetings.
  • Write technical safety briefs and SOPs.
  • Perform risk assessments on plant, equipment and operations.
  • Provide technical safety assessments on new business opportunities.
  • Provide advice to management on process safety.
  • Conduct workplace inspections, audits and investigations as required.
  • Support the operations team on day to day safety issues.
  • Participating in design reviews on process engineering and engineering funcion.
 Key Competencies:
  • Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline eg chemical/process engineering/chemistry (chartered membership of a relevant institution desirable).
  • Health & Safety qualification desirable, eg NEBOSH Certificate/Diploma.
  • Demonstrable experience in a manufacturing/production environment within an upper tier CoMAH establishment.
  • Understanding and appreciation of major accident legislation such as COMAH
  • Knowledge and experience of major accident hazard identification and risk assessment processes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and influence at all levels, and to identify practical and proportionate solutions to challenging or complex issues.
  • Keen prioritisation and time-management skills.
  • A thorough knowledge of batch chemical manufacturing techniques and experience with the industry.
  • Knowledge of formal hazard assessment techniques such as Hazop and Hazan and corporate methodologies.
  • Possesses proven broad based management skills and the ability to operate with minimum supervision