Who are we?

Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to our 15 million customers by supplying 2.6 billion litres of water through 32,000 km’s of pipes, to keep taps flowing and toilets flushing. We are an essential service and have operated throughout the Covid19 pandemic. 

At Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open.

What you will be doing

We are in the process of enhancing our in-house DSEAR (Dangerous Substances & Explosive Atmospheres Regulations) capability. We have over 300 sewage treatment works and 3000 waste pumping stations with explosion protected equipment installed and maintained. A total of eleven new roles have been created. This is an opportunity to join a major industry leader in environmental management and contribute to keeping our workers and local communities safe. 

The DSEAR Process Safety Engineer role is key in addressing the risk of explosion across the Thames Water catchment area. It primarily involves the undertaking of sites surveys to identify gaps and lead the necessary corrective actions to achieve full compliance with regulations.

Some of the key requirements are to:

  • Take a lead role in site surveys and report on non-compliances
  • Manage reviews and updates of Explosion Protection Documents, including Hazardous Area Classifications and Hazardous Area Plans.
  • Co-ordinate work programmes with team members to deliver corrective actions (installation of new asset).
  • Management of regulatory audits.
  • Support Capital Delivery projects – act as a gatekeeper for new project DSEAR documentation.
  • Maintain DSEAR documentation and document management system.
  • We’re looking for you to:

  • Have an excellent understanding of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR), associated standards and approved Codes of Practice, and knowledge of electrical equipment for use in potentially flammable atmospheres.
  • Have proven experience in Process Safety Management or DSEAR risk assessment gained from a high hazard industry (COMAH regulated), including the zoning of Hazardous Areas and classification.
  • Have experience in site surveying, working in an explosion safety engineering environment, applying various methods of hazard analysis. CompEx F and IECEx 001 and 002 qualifications are a plus.
  • Have excellent communication and developed relationship skills so that highly technical information can be communicated in a clear and concise manner.
  • Have a robust understanding of technical and process safety related investigations and documentation such as Engineering Risk Assessment/Safety Reviews, Functional Design Specifications, Process and Instrumentation Diagrams and Electrical/Loop drawings.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft 365 tools in particular Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Teams.
  • Travel within Thames Water’s region for site surveys and audits will be required so a full driving licence is needed.
  • What’s in it for you?

    This high-profile role will be working as part of a new project with high internal and external visibility and will have a focus on the continuous improvement of process safety within Thames Water and across the whole water industry.

    Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with the length of service and a wider benefits scheme.

    We’re proud of the positive ways of working we have adopted during the pandemic. We want to create a more flexible and dynamic environment so all our colleagues can thrive. For our office-based roles we are moving to a hybrid approach where we will provide options around working from our offices, our operational sites and home dependent on role/team/individual. This will be discussed during the assessment process.

    Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader and we are a Times Top 50 Employer for Women.

    You can find out more in our section of our website.

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